First listed on: 22 May 2019
RMIT University
Research Fellow - 2D Materials Fabrication & Analysis 

  • Full-time, Fixed-term contract opportunity for 12 month
  • Opportunities to utilize your experience and skills in fabricating, characterizing and analysing 2D advanced materials
  • Work in a range of surface science facilities at RMIT School of Science & School of Engineering as well as periodic access to the Australian Synchrotron facilities
  • Report directly to Professor Chris McConville (Physics) and Dr Torben Daneke (Electronic Engineering)
  • Opportunities open to Academic Level B (dependent on experience)
  • Competitive salary packaging + 17% superannuation

Position Summary

In this position, you will be:

  • Responsible to carry-out research program of fabricating and characterising of 2D materials; involving the growth and characterisation of a range of materials, predominantly semiconducting and other related 2D materials exfoliated from liquid metal surfaces

To be successful in this position:

  • You will have experience in materials characterisation techniques using X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) and also equipped with experience in the growth of 2D materials, device fabrication and testing techniques
  • Experience in operating and using atomic scale microscopy will be highly regarded

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with the team in contributing to quality research showcasing research areas outputs publications, development of new research initiatives, presentation of research findings in high quality journals via written reports and oral presentations
  • Conduct and provide high quality research in 2D liquid metal exfoliated materials and characterisation using XPS and AFM
  • Preparation of m aterials and sample surface and interfaces for further investigation at RMIT and at the Australian Synchrotron
  • Perform testing on fabricated devices based on 2D exfoliated materials
  • Contribute 10% of your time to supervise PhD students

Skills and Experience Required

  • PhD qualified in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Physics, Physical Chemistry or Materials Sciences and/or relevant working experience ideally in these areas
  • Demonstrated technical competencies in fabricating and characterizing physical and electronic surface and interface properties of these 2D exfoliated materials
  • Possess experience in range of surface and interface characterisation methids, using photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, UPS) and scanning probe microscopy (AFM)
  • Proven track record of published research work in the field of 2D materials characterization, surface and interface science in reputable journals and presentation as well as research grant and funding applications
  • Strong verbal communication and written skills
  • Sound technical, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Passion and commitment to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation, and equip with strong technical report writing and verbal communications

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Be part of RMIT’s academic life and attend various events and workshops
  • Access to RMIT staff gym (including free Yoga and Pilates classes)
  • 2% salary increase each year and annual leave loading of 1.35%
  • MYKI pass discount
  • Additional annual leave

To find out more, please visit our website: RMIT Employee Benefits

Our Organisation

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Bringing the science disciplines together within the one school provides tremendous opportunities for interaction and collaborative interdisciplinary research work, the sharing of resources, strategic recruitment and infra structure investment. The School of Science bridges the gap between the natural sciences and technology, providing enormous capacity for collaboration and advancement in the areas of biotechnology (including bio-nanotechnology and bio-nanophotonics), genomics, data analytics, and cyberspace and security. In 2017 Physics at RMIT was particularly successful winning 3 new Centres of Excellence in Exciton Science, Quantum Computing; and Future low energy electronic technologies (FLEET), to add to the Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics.

The School of Science has staff, students and facilities on both the City and Bundoora campuses, with over 300 academic and research staff, 350 higher degree research students, and an annual budget of $120 million.

To Apply

For further information, please click on the position description attached below:

PD - 576527 - Research Fellow - 2D Materials Fabrication & Analysis.pdf

Applications close on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

Applicants will need to attach their updated resume and a cover letter expressing their suitability for this position and their achievements. Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regard less of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

RMIT was named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in 2018 based on significant progress made in 2017, and Gold Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in recognition of our commitment to celebrating the diverse genders, sexes and sexualities (DGSS) of our community.


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