Beamline Scientist (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Leading Government Organisation
  • Great work-life Balance with 15.4% Annual Leave Benefits
  • Annual Health Screening Programs



Our client is a well-known Science and Technology agency run by the Australian government—it undertakes leading-edge research, delivers scientific services, and provides specialised advice to government, industry, academia, and also other research organisations.

This agency has an ongoing project to significantly increase its research capabilities through the addition of several beamlines to its existing world-class infrastructure. Developing these capabilities shall require expertise provided by postdoctoral researchers performing in highly specialised Beamline Scientist roles.

These scientists will join more than 140 staff working at one of the nation’s premier research facilities. This centre of excellence provides a vibrant focal point for researchers and industry from Australia, NZ, and further afield. And its facilities provide world-leading technical capability aimed at enhancing fundamental and applied research—through delivering better and faster experimental techniques—empowering leading-edge R&D projects that are of great benefit to Australia, as well as support international collaborations.

Our client understands that diverse teams produce better outcomes and so values having a diversity of perspectives within its team. The agency is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce. We therefore encourage applications for these roles from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM.

The agency has a reputation for attracting and retaining high-calibre staff, offering its employees the following benefits and opportunities:

  • Excellent measures for work-life balance that include flexible working arrangements, salary packaging benefits, generous superannuation, and great working conditions
  • Providing an extensive range of leave provisions including paid recreation leave, 16 weeks maternity leave, and special leave which covers cultural, moving, funeral and emergency leave
  • Regular onsite initiatives to promote the health and wellbeing of employees, such as annual health screening programs



Based in Melbourne, these roles are for a fixed term tenure of five years with benefits of annual leave and 15.4% super. Each role will be reviewed for potential extension by agreement with both parties after the five-year term and so are an ideal opportunity for a professional scientist to work for a key government authority.

There are several Beamline Scientist roles available for postdoctoral scientists with expertise within the following areas: –

  • Advanced Diffraction & Scattering (ADS) techniques using white and monochromatic X-ray radiation
  • Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) or neutron scattering
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) and/or Far-Infrared (THz) spectroscopy
  • Infrared Microspectroscopy

Each role shall apply scientific expertise and experience to the operation, maintenance and development of their specific beamline’s capabilities, as well as research, industry engagement and outreach activities. Beamline Scientists foster collaborations within the Science Team and engage with other operational teams across the research facility.

In the role you will be required to develop knowledge of the capabilities, techniques and instrumentation associated with your assigned beamline, which enables the best possible scientific outcomes. You’ll also provide inputs into scientific development through making contributions to the strategic planning associated with each beamline, especially so for those which are in the process of being brought online.

On daily basis you shall be providing high-calibre scientific and technical support, advice and training to national and international beamline users—necessitating the making of scientific and technical decisions that ensure outcomes from allocated beam-time are maximised. Furthermore,  to ensure an optimal user experience, you will have responsibility for reducing and correcting data from beamline experiments plus provide advice on further data processing and guidance on its interpretation.

Beamline Scientists liaise directly with the Australian scientific community to develop the user base for research that ensures maximum equipment utilisation , develop the community of collaborators and users, and maximise revenue



To be successful in your application, you will need to showcase those personal qualities that you feel will add value to a team operating in a high-level client/user, safety and quality environment.

Therefore, within a covering letter accompanying your resume, please ensure you address the following criteria:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Materials Science, Engineering, or a related discipline;
  • Post-doctoral (or similar) experience in research applications directly applicable to one of the beamline’s capabilities or a relevant area of research;
  • Experience as a beamline/instrument scientist undertaking experiments, supporting/training users, and performing associated data analysis;
  • A solid track record of publications that demonstrate a sound contribution to research within your area of expertise, which have ideally lead to the advancement of knowledge or its application at a noteworthy level;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and willingly share knowledge and information with users and other stakeholders; and
  • Proven ability to plan and manage time to meet deadlines and objectives;
  • A strong customer focus with an ability to function well in a scientific user facility, work in a multicultural environment and develop/maintain productive working relationships; and
  • Demonstrated ability to follow policy, procedures and guidelines.

Please note that, should you be deemed suitable and recommended for appointment to a position, the agency its own security and medical requirements that shall form part of their onboarding process.



For a confidential initial discussion about a Beamline Scientist role, please call CS Executive Group on 03 9516 0100. Alternatively, including outside of our Melbourne office hours (9 am to 5.30 pm, Mon.–Fri.), call Jo on  +61 411 197 171.

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To apply, click the “Apply for this job” button to submit your resume and also a brief covering letter addressing the above selection criteria.

Subsequently, as part of CS Executive Group’s pre-screening process for its clients, candidates who are considered suitable for shortlisting may then be sent formal selection criteria to respond to in more detail.



CS Executive Group would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of correspondence our recruitment team receives on a daily basis, we genuinely cannot respond to each application—only those applicants being considered for shortlisting as candidates are contacted.

However, if on this occasion you’re unsuccessful, please note your details will be added to our Talent Pool database. All this means is that in future you might be contacted by one of our team of recruiters for other suitable roles.