Micro and Nano Engineering Materials Researcher

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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $$68,442 - $93,993 (plus Super) per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Type: Full Time

Posted: 02/06/2021


The Role
Research Engineering (RE) are seeking a suitably qualified and motivated Materials Research Specialist dedicated to developing a career in miniaturised electronic, electro-optic, nano science and materials research areas (including miniaturised RF hardware). The successful applicant will undertake design, integration, and assembly of complex micro-scale systems and devices.

The role requires knowledge of microelectronics design and integration of micro-scale devices into larger systems under limited supervision (Mask design, physical & chemical vapor deposition and material characterisation using x-ray diffractometer, SEM, EDX and VSM). The scope of work in this field is growing which will require you to provide high level of technological advice to DST scientists in the field of materials while collaboratively working on research elements of high value projects (e.g. magnetostrictive material, energetic materials).

Position Duties
The Materials Research specialist applicant will be expected to apply their knowledge and experience in materials science research and micro and nano engineering to:

  • Lead the development of new capabilities, including equipment, processes in material science research.
  • Lead technically complex projects and provide high level advice to technical issues in fabrication, assembly and testing of the fabricated devices.
  • Lead materials science research in areas of composite thinfilm development, magnetostrictive materials, and metrology.
  • Operate physical & chemical vapor deposition equipment, X-ray diffractometer, Vibration Sample Magnetometer, scanning electron microscope and metrology equipment.
  • Foster innovation and develop products from concept to industry transition.
  • Work with other areas of RE to support multidisciplinary projects with Micro and Nano Engineering contribution.
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders, and promote capabilities to support Defence S&T program
  • Develop and maintain strong external relationships through collaborative activities as part of the Australian Micro and Nano engineering community and leverage academia, external agencies and industry to deliver S&T outcomes.

About our Team
Research Services Division (RSD) delivers specialist capabilities to the Defence Innovation Science and Technology (IS&T). RSD comprises a professional workforce of highly specialised engineers, technicians, computational scientists and other professional staff who provide a wide range of highly specialised and unique research capability and innovative solutions which provide the advanced research platforms for defence, national security and the wider defence IS&T ecosystem. RSD capabilities accelerate and protect Defence’s science and technology advances and promote a collaborative, compliant, safe and healthy workplace.

RSD’s work areas include:

  • Emerging digital science capabilities, including computational and data intensive science, research data and information and laboratory and experimental systems.
  • Scientific computing including the development and acquisition of a world-class secure High Performance Computing (HPC) capability for advanced modelling and simulation.
  • Nationally recognised, unique and novel research engineering capabilities.
  • Development and implementation of the Outstanding Research Infrastructure Powering Innovation pillar, a major component of the More Together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030.
  • Defence innovation, science and technology compliance, assurance, and sovereignty through complex research safety, research security and scientific resource management.

Research Engineering (RE) branch provides integrated, multi-disciplined, leading edge, rapid response and innovative scientific engineering capability to the Defence S&T program. RE is dedicated to collaborating closely with DSTG researchers while providing valuable support to Defence and National Security operations and provides capabilities across six functional areas: Electronic and Software Engineering; Electronic Fabrication; Micro and Nano Engineering; Mechanical Fabrication; Mechanical Engineering; and Scientific Applied Imaging. Certified to the IOS9001 Quality Management System, RE provides consistent fit for purpose engineering solutions and the application of best business practices.

Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a collaborator who will be able to understand the needs of our varied customers and stakeholders and produce results according to their requirements. This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly experienced materials specialist to step into a researcher role.

The successful candidate for this role will be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • Experience working on multiple programs concurrently.
  • Experience with being in a researcher role – forecasting immerging technologies, consulting to clients, reporting project milestones and timelines - Be the technical interface.
  • Experience in operating various PVD machines, XRD, SEM, EDX and other material characterising tools.
  • Experience with preparing reports and other engineering documents - Design documents and plans.
  • A high level of confidence to provide technical leadership to projects - Develop specifications, designs, and architecture to projects, be the SME.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills to resolve complex product development issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - Team player and confident consulting skills.
  • Strong willingness to advance their professional career in the field of materials research.

Application Closing Date:  Wednesday 16 June 2021

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/02493/21 on

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