Research Associate – Magnetic Resonance

Location: School of Engineering, Crawley, UWA

Date posted: 28/1/2020

Salary (FTE): Level A step 8, $93,653 p.a. plus superannuation

Position Summary:

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The School of Engineering is a multidisciplinary school offering education and research in a number of engineering disciplines. This includes civil, environmental, mining, chemical, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering. Successful applicants will work primarily in the large Fluid Science and Resources Research (FSRR) Group ( which primarily conducts research across the resources industry. The relevant theme to these positions focusses on the use of NMR techniques for the characterisation of porous media.

This position reports to Professor Mike Johns, who co-leads the Fluid Science and Resources (FSRR) group. This is a collaboration between the FSRR group and RIG Technologies/Wallis Drilling. As such research supervision will also be provided by Dr Tim Hopper, who is the CTO and Managing Director at RIG Technologies.

About the opportunity

You will be working with both the FSRR group at UWA and RIG Technologies as part of a vibrant team of research engineers and applied physicists, the position will concentrate on the development of Magnetic Resonance ‘Logging whilst Drilling’ downhole tools for various metrology applications across the mining sector. This builds directly on a range of MR logging tools already in commercial operation across the globe. A key, specific research focus of the position will be the inclusion on Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) detection for direct downhole mineral characterisation, as well as optimisation of downhole energy scavenging strategies to allow for remote operation.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

– A PhD in a relevant field.

– Strong track record of research publication relative to opportunity

– Extensive research experience, preferably with a strong interface to industrial application

– Research experience with NMR or NQR hardware development and associated software requirements

– Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications

– An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students

– Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and work collaboratively

Please see the position description prior to applying: Position Description-Research Associate.pdf

Applications close 5 March 2020

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