In today’s rapid growing cities the need for accurate real-time monitoring of toxic elements in food, water and soil becomes very important. Currently the required accuracies of many toxins cannot be met with existing analysers. The X-ray team that is part of Sensing and Sorting, Mineral Resources Business Unit, CSIRO – has developed a technology called UltraGold (UG) that enables real-time detection of gold at parts-per-billion level in mineral processing streams This project involves the further development of this technology in order to lower detection limits for a range of toxic elements.
The student will start with a study to establish what elements the new analyser should focus on and develop a good understanding of XRF analysis. You will be tasked with analyser design, prototype construction and testing.
Your duties/responsibilities will include:
- Computer modelling of radiation, using Monte Carlo tools
- Designing, building and operating experimental equipment
- Using radiation sources and detectors, including X-ray tubes and high-resolution solid-state detectors
- Data collection and analysis using python
- Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
- Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals.
- Prepare appropriate conference papers and present those at conferences as agreed with your supervisor.
- Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
To be successful you will:
- Have a First class Honours and/or MSc in Physics or Mathematics and be accepted into a PhD program at an Australian University.
- Be experienced in at least one scripting or programming language e.g. Python
- Have demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively with others in a team environment.
- Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
- Have the ability & willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.
Length of Engagement:
- Up to 3 years (concordant with existing Research Program Training award or scholarship)
Applications are open to:
- PhD postgraduate studentship
To view the full position details and selection criteria click here: Position details
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