Research Assistant Optical Imaging & Microscopy

at RMIT University

  • Full-time, Fixed-term contract opportunity for 12 months
  • Opportunities to work at the RMIT node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
  • Research collaboration with various Australian and International Universities and industry partners
  • Be part of challenging and creative research leading to the discovery of innovative and powerful new sensing and imaging platforms
  • Report directly to Professor Brant Gibson
  • Competitive salary packaging + 17% superannuation

Position Summary

As a Research Assistant, you will work at RMIT node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) collaborating with researchers and students from The University of Adelaide (Administering node) and Macquarie and Griffith Universities (Collaborating nodes) and a further 12 University and Industry Partner Organisations. In this position, you will have experience and knowledge in optical imaging backed with strong computational skills related to imaging and microscopy techniques. To be successful in this position, you will have expertise in one of the following: computational microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, optical fibre-based imaging, structured-illumination imaging, or two-photon lithography. In addition, you will need to prepare publications and projects reports through collaborating with other CNBP members.

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
  • Initiate and contribute to preparation of research proposals and reports to ensure that they align to RMIT node of the CNBP as well as to manage research project timelines and also ensure research reports meet compliance requirements
  • Proactively initiate, design and deliver external grant applications suchs as ARC-DECRA. ARC-Linkage, Early Career Researcher and Philanthropic Grants
  • Knowledge and experience in preparing and publishing articles in internationally recognised journals that will benefit the technical advancement of this research work
  • Involve in varied administrative and participate in project executions to meet the goals of research projects or work RMIT node of CNBP
  • Contribute 10% of your time to mentor & supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of your coursework teaching activities Skills and Experience Required
  • PhD qualified in Physics, Applied Mathematics or Physical Sciences and/or relevant working experience ideally in areas such as optics and/or microscopy
  • Demonstrated technical competencies to imaging such as computational imaging techniques and/or machine learning backed with strong numerical and analytical research work
  • Proven track record of published research work in reputable journals
  • Excellent coordination and multi-tasking ability to manage multiple research program and small team simultaneously
  • 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. The School of Science, one of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental analysis, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas. Details about the College may be found at

To Apply

For further information, please contact Professor Brant Gibson at Alternatively, to view the position description, please click on the link and search using job reference number 575574.

Applications close on Thursday 9th May 2019

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 regardless 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.

Melbourne Victoria Australia

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