Senior Research Fellow (PFAS)

Macquarie University
North Ryde, NSW, Australia
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Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
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Job no: 508591
Work type: Part Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

  • Salary Package:  Level C, from $129,416 to $148,830 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro rata rates apply for part-time.
  • Appointment Type: 2 year fixed term, 0.5 FTE

The Role 

In this role, you will be reporting to Professor Mark Taylor and Professor Vladimir Strezov and working alongside established project partners OPEC Systems and UNSW (Canberra). As part of this role, you will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project additional project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue the development of new and innovative and approaches for the treatment of PFAS contaminated sites.

Specifically, in this role you will be required to have a depth and breadth of skills across multiple technical projects covering environment, water and engineering and be able to need to show agility/flexibility in the contamination space. It will be critical to have demonstrated skills and proven ability to design, building maintain and run laboratory equipment. Additional skills in grant writing, publications and a track record of collaboration with industry partners to coordinate safe and effective lab and fieldwork campaigns in the industrial environment.

This senior position requires project-related experience in the treatment of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) using foam fractionation technologies. The project is funded by an ARC Special Research Initiatives with UNSW colleagues which aims to provide in-situ clean up solutions for PFAS contaminated soil and groundwater.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Designing and carrying out new experiments to better understand flow and bubble parameters for foam fractionation of water borne PFAS chemicals.
  • Collecting and processing laboratory and field samples in conduction with input from project partners as well as external clients to facilitate the optimisation of foam fraction technologies for PFAS.
  • Undertake experimental and/or observational research activities, occasionally requiring the supervision and/or training of others to ensure experiments are established in accordance with research design, or as required.
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines (e.g. engineering and chemistry) and research experience, to identify opportunities for innovation and industry-leading approaches for foam fractionation technologies for the clean-up of contaminated ground waters.

About You

The successful candidate will be PhD qualified environmental science (or closely related area), a track record of practical research in contamination, and specifically PFAS contamination, foam fractionation technologies and related field and laboratory method development and application. It is anticipated the successful candidate will have a strong research background, a track record of research publications in quality journals, you will possess excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability of working collaboratively and effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.

You will need to have demonstrable practical skills for problem solving in the environmental science and contamination space and a good understanding of project management in a research and industrial context and have a strong track record of engaging with and building strong relationships and linkages with academic staff, research students and industry partners to meet project milestones.

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Selection Criteria:

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter (maximum 2 pages) that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  1. A PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as environmental science and contaminant chemistry and extensive relevant experience, particularly with industry partners.
  2. Technical, geochemical skills covering laboratory experiments and field work campaigns.
  3. Demonstrated track record of carrying out impactful research in the area of environmental contamination evidenced by commissioned reports for industry, and research outputs including high quality publications in both national and international journals.
  4. A track record of grant writing and relating funding success from external partners.
  5. A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  6. Demonstrated strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to build, develop and foster relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders (e.g. HDR students, academic researchers and industry).
  7. Demonstrated ability to work both independently on research and also contribute as a productive member of a research group
  8. A track record of supporting and supervising Higher Degree Research Students.


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Specific Role Enquiries:  Professor Mark Taylor via e-mail: or call + 61 2 9850 4221.

Applications Close: Tuesday, 15 December 2020 at 11.55pm

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