Beamline Scientist XAS

Position Overview

  • 2 Year Fixed Term I Full-time I Possibility for ongoing employment

  • Salary $107k - $120k +15.4% super 

  • Clayton, Victoria location

  • Exciting and challenging opportunity to apply your interpersonal and professional skills and expertise at one of Australia’s landmark scientific facilities

  • Play a key role in supporting and fostering a vibrant community of scientists, researchers, and industry

About the Opportunity

We are excited to offer you a great opportunity to use your strong team and interpersonal skills, creativity, and interest in scientific kit by becoming a valued member of our diverse team of scientists at the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Beamline within the Spectroscopy Group of ANSTO’s Australian Synchrotron.


The Spectroscopy Group comprises four beamlines: X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS), Medium-Energy XAS (2), and Soft X-ray Spectroscopy. This position focuses primarily on XAS, offering significant opportunities to engage with other capabilities and make meaningful contributions to the entire team and the broader facility.


Within the XAS team, you will have the chance to collaborate with scientists, researchers, and industry partners across a wide array of disciplines, providing them with unique opportunities to innovate using cutting-edge scientific technology.


Our team is committed to providing expert guidance, service, and promoting safe working practices to all user groups and clients. We also prioritise building inclusive communities and fostering productive relationships. Collaboration and effective communication are core values for us, and we are dedicated to engaging with the community to showcase the impact of our scientific achievements through compelling stories.


Additionally, we provide opportunities for professional development and learning to support your growth and career development.

About You

This role is ideal for you if you enjoy engaging with people, being hands-on, continuous learning, and working collaboratively.


In this position, we will support you to develop your knowledge of the capabilities, techniques, and instrumentation within the Spectroscopy Group. Together we will contribute to scientific outcomes to benefit people and the environment.


Your insights are important to us and will contribute to developing our teams and the organisation.


Your Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide scientific and technical support, advice and training to national and international synchrotron beamline users of the Spectroscopy Group (with some focus on the XAS beamline).
  • Develop and apply knowledge of industry best practice and technology to contribute to development of the synchrotron beamline and associated facilities. Contribute expertise and knowledge to the development of plans and processes for the installation of new capabilities and facilities.
  • Work collaboratively and share scientific expertise to positively contribute to the science and research culture at ANSTO.
  • Engage with staff and with the scientific community to develop a thriving synchrotron research community.
  • Undertake research which increases own capacity for beamline use and understanding and which improves scientific visibility of the profile and facilities of the Australian Synchrotron.
  • Highlight the impact and benefits of the facility to the scientific community, external stakeholders, and general audiences at the local and international level.


Please click here to view the Position Description.

Selection Criteria


Qualifications, skills and experience (assessed at application and interview stage)


(In your application, please include a written response to the following seven selection criteria (up to approximately 600 words).)


Applicants will be required to meet the qualifications and expertise requirements for their application to be considered further.

  • PhD in a relevant field of Science (e.g., Earth Science, Chemistry, Materials Science, Biology, Physics, etc). [Essential]
  • Post-doctoral or equivalent experience in a relevant area of research. [Desirable]
  • Hands-on experience with, and a good understanding of, X-ray techniques, synchrotron methods, and/or analytical instrumentation. [Essential]
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work collaboratively and willingly share knowledge and information with colleagues, users and other stakeholders. [Essential]
  • Strong customer focus. [Essential]
  • Experience in a user-, teaching, or service-based environment supporting clients. [Desirable]
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific or research outcomes. [Essential]

Professional skills and personal attributes (assessed at interview stage)

  • Personal qualities that will add value to a diverse team. [Essential]
  • Ability to work independently and able to plan and manage time to meet deadlines and objectives [Essential]
  • Initiative and drive, and the ability to learn and solve problems in both supervised and unsupervised situations. [Essential]
  • Ability to train and teach others [Essential]
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to follow procedures and guidelines. [Essential]
  • Good technical and instrumentation skills. Experience with programming or scientific computing. [Desirable]

About Us

ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes. We partner with scientists and engineers and apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits. Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment. ANSTO is the home of Australia's most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research. Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.

Benefits of Working with Us

ANSTO employees are passionate about what they do. We enjoy being part of an organisation making a difference in the lives of Australians. 

We support and reward our employees through eligibility for:

  • Training, development and mentoring opportunities 
  • Performance based salary increases 
  • Work-life balance with generous leave entitlements and flexible conditions


If you want to join a world class organisation that's making a difference in the lives of Australians, apply now!

How to Apply

Please include in your application a CV, Cover Letter, and Response to Selection Criteria.


For further technical information relating to this position please refer to the Position Description or contact Emily Finch (03 8540 4139) or Peter Kappen (03 8540 4230). For all other queries please contact Talent Acquisition on (02) 9717 3359.


To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and pre-employment medical assessment.


Application closing date:  18 May 2024 at 11.59pm


Applicants must be Australian Citizens


In order to solve great challenges, we need great minds and great teams. At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to our team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM. ANSTO is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce.