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  • 28 Aug 2020 2:29 PM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    PhD Scholarship, Australian National University, Canberra Australia

    Location: ANU, Canberra

    Stipend: $28092 pa for up to 3.5 years (indexed every year by 2-3%)

    I am seeking a PhD student with the equivalent of a First Class Honours or Master’s degree in physical chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or an equivalent discipline to participate in an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on unravelling the dominant drivers of ion specificity.

    This exciting PhD project involves collaboration between highly successful research teams in the Research School of Physics at the ANU, The University of Newcastle and Flinders University. The student will have a unique opportunity to contribute towards new knowledge in the fields of colloid and interface science and soft condensed matter. In particular they will participate in an experimental program to better understand the fundamentals of ion specific effects, in particular how ions partition at interfaces. Ion specific effects are ubiquitous in soft matter systems including biology and in a diverse range of industry relevant and commercial fluids so improved fundamental understanding will have wide impact. 

     About you:

    To be successful in the role, you will have:

    • Bachelor Honours (First Class) or Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry,  Physics, Engineering or equivalent.
    • Determination 

    How to apply and further information

    In the first instance you should email Professor Vincent Craig directly at, to express interest. In your email describe you motivation to apply for the position.

    I would also like to see your CV and a copy of your academic transcripts with all subjects studied and grades obtained.

    The ANU and I, value diversity and inclusion and we are committed to providing equal opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. 

    Applications will be held open until the position is filled.

    For more information please see the website:

  • 05 Aug 2020 9:47 AM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    Surface Analysis Scientist: Full Time - Fixed Term
    Applications close: 18 Aug 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

    About this opportunity:

    CMM provides a broad range X-ray diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging services to UQ, including state-of-the-art X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) with insitu inoperando and correlative capabilities. UQ requires a highly-skilled and experienced Surface Analysis Scientist to both operate and maintain the instrument and to train clients in the design of experiments for, the operation of, and the analysis and interpretation of data from the XPS instrument. In addition, the role will also provide support for the provision of other advance X-ray analysis techniques including XRD, XRF and/or SAXS.

    The Surface Analysis Scientist needs to be capable of operating effectively within a team environment but also with a high degree of independence. They will need to provide a very high level of expertise in the areas of surface science analysis, and advance X-ray characterisation to support the research groups within UQ, which have a strong focus on the understanding and engineering of material-, chemical- or bio-interfaces.

    The role will also service the future needs of the next generation of researchers through research into and the development of new and/or enhanced experimental methods, instrumental capabilities and workflows (including data analysis) relevant to these disciplines. 

    Our ideal candidate:

    The successful candidate will be a creative, surface scientist and dedicated XPS specialist with a strong interest in the development of new methods in their field of expertise.

    You will be driven by the desire to understand the molecular structure, chemistry and dynamics of surfaces and how to accurately elucidate these through the latest advances in scientific methods. 

    You will be client focused, enjoy sharing their knowledge and ready to contribute to our team.

    Although current work rights in Australia would be an advantage, CMM welcomes applications from candidates who do not yet have a work permit.  However, any appointment will be conditional to the candidate having secured unconditional work rights in Australia.

    We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

    Please see for full details.

  • 14 Feb 2020 2:27 AM | Boon Teo

    Fonterra are looking for two Research Scientists to join the Food Chemistry team based at our Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North.

    Working in partnership with the Food Design & Analysis and Food Structure Teams, the Food Chemistry team focuses on developing new dairy ingredients and their use in beverages, dairy powders, dairy foods, and protein-fortified foods.

    These two roles will have a focus on one, or a combination of, the below areas of specialisation:

    1. Protein chemistry (fundamental for medical foods, sports, dairy foods, dairy beverages)
    2. Powder surface properties, rehydration, dispersion, solubility
    3. Soft matter physics application, including modelling, to foods

    Any responses should be sent directly to Dr Steve Taylor (

  • 08 Jan 2020 10:12 AM | Boon Teo

    A funded PhD position using insect technology for converting plastic waste. Highly collaborative project with Woodside Energy Ltd. More information can be found here

  • 13 Nov 2019 4:26 PM | Boon Teo

    A postdoctoral position in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on fouling resistant surfaces for heavy oil transport equipment. For more information, please find more information here.

  • 27 Oct 2019 4:40 PM | Boon Teo

    Royal Society of Chemistry, GB

    This recognises innovative research on the behaviour of chemical systems at surface or interfaces. The award includes £2,000 and a UK lecture tour.

    Maximum award: £2,000

    Closing date: 15 Jan 20 (recurring)

    Nominators must be an RSC Member.


  • 02 Oct 2019 11:09 PM | Boon Teo

    Senior Research Scientist - 37771

    • Take the next step in your career at our world-renowned Research and Development Centre
    • Utilise your food science-based research and development expertise with leading edge dairy technology
    • New pathways, a diversity of products and innovative ideas; it’s your chance to change the game with Fonterra.

    Your Purpose:

    As a Senior Research Scientist, you’ll be part of the Food Structure team based at Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North. This is a science team aligned with Fonterra’s Foodservice business unit with projects predominantly focused on Butter, Cream Cheese, Mozzarella and UHT Cream. 

    You’ll be involved in both New Product Development and longer term New Technology Development research and have the opportunity to grow your subject matter expertise to create and enrich concepts.

    What you will bring:

    Your strong communication skills will foster a positive team environment, direct traffic and enable you to make confident decisions. You are a natural leader who fits easily into complex cross-functional teams.

    Your experience in emulsion science paired with your passion for innovation will enable you to problem solve with a food structure hypothesis-lead approach.

    Key attributes will be:

    • PhD in Food Science is preferred, with a deep knowledge of food micro-structure plus emulsion and colloid science
    • Experience in leading the design & execution of research and development trials, and interpretation & communication of findings – both written and oral
    • Comfortable working in laboratory, pilot plant and factory environments

    Our Story

    As New Zealand’s largest business, and a world-leading dairy exporter, Fonterra’s high-quality dairy ingredients and branded dairy products are consumed in over 100 countries around the globe.

    Located in Palmerston North, New Zealand, the Fonterra Research and Development Centre (FRDC) is home to a highly collegial team of around 300 qualified scientists, technologists and engineers – many of whom are the world’s leading experts in dairy science – and it is investing in new techniques with cutting edge technology right now!

    Primary Location : New Zealand-Palmerston North

    Hours of Work : Full time

    Applications close on 6 October.

  • 02 Jun 2019 7:35 PM | Boon Teo

    The deadline for oral abstract submission for Okinawa Colloids 2019 has been extended to 17 June 2019. You still have time to submit your abstract, if you have not submitted yet! You can make your submission via the official website.

    The application deadline for the student and postdoc support has also been extended to 10 July 2019.

  • 12 May 2019 11:11 PM | Boon Teo

    Research Fellow

    • In the Areas of Soft Matter, Scattering & Biological Physics
    • 2-Year Fixed-Term Position until July 2020
    • $83,786 Salary + Superannuation, Flexible Working Arrangements Available

    The Role

    You will conduct experimental research funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery project “Rational design of new synthetic antifreeze molecules for cryopreservation”. This exciting experimental program has a number of aspects which include: studying the interactions of cryoprotectants with membranes using Small Angle X-ray and Neutron Scattering (SAXS/SANS) and Neutron Membrane Diffraction, measurement of the permeability of biological cells, conducting cryopreservation trials and determining the thermal properties of solutions using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). The research fellow is expected to contribute significantly to several of these aspects, but the specific direction of the project will be determined by the background and expertise of the successful candidate.

  • 03 May 2019 1:51 PM | Boon Teo

    The abstract submission deadline for the 8th Bubble and Drop Conference (Sofia, Bulgaria, 24-28 June 2019) has been extended to May 08, 2019

    For more information, please check out the website: 

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