Research Associate in Chemistry

University of Western Australia

Research Associate in Chemistry

Job no: 515203
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science

School of Molecular Science

  • Full-time appointment on a 2 year fixed term basis
  • Base salary range: Level A $76,686 – $103,202 OR Level B $108,509 - $128,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

UWA supports equity, diversity and flexible work arrangements and actively encourages applications from female candidates for this position.

The University of Western Australia is a leading global university, renowned for excellence in education and research. Today, UWA is among the top 100 universities in the world, number one in Western Australia, and is one of Australia’s most respected research institutions.

The UWA School of Molecular Sciences educates the leaders of tomorrow and generates translatable, practical solutions to key global problems in chemistry; chemical biology; human, microbial and plant biochemistry, molecular biology and molecular genetics; materials; nanotechnology; ’omics technologies; synthetic biology; and systems biology. Based in UWA’s iconic Bayliss Building, the School supports a vibrant, multidisciplinary community pursuing high-quality research, research-led education, and industry engagement. 

About the opportunity

The Research Associate will have the opportunity to explore and map the key parameters in novel energy catalysis, for example, carbon dioxide conversion, methane splitting, or ammonia splitting. The research works will include catalyst synthesis and characterisation, performance evaluation, and mechanistic studies. The outcomes will help determine the efficiency, selectivity and stability of the catalyst materials, as well as the feasibility and sustainability of the catalytic reactions, to underpin catalysis futures.

Reporting to Professor Hongqi Sun, the research team leader, the Research Associate will hold a recognised doctoral degree or equivalent experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience of heterogeneous catalysis, advanced characterisation, and materials chemistry, with an outstanding track record in research, evidenced by the volume, quality, and impact of peer reviewed publications relative to opportunity. The appointee will also ideally have demonstrated success in the professional development of students and made impactful contributions to the (co)supervision of PhD students.

For further information, applicants are encouraged to direct enquiries to Professor Hongqi Sun, School of Molecular Sciences on  

Please see the position description for full details of the position’s responsibilities and selection criteria:  Position Description - 515203.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission.

Closing date: Tuesday 12th September 2023

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Advertised: 14 Aug 2023 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: 12 Sep 2023 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time