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Introducing ANFF’s COO

ANFF is delighted to announce that Dr Jane Fitzpatrick will be joining the ANFF team as Chief Operating Officer. She will be assuming her new role on 14 January 2019.

Facility Manager - Australian National Fabrication Facility (UQ Node)

The Facility Manager will provide strategic and operational management of the UQ ANFF Node, including responsibility for: equipment purchase; personnel management; business development; access planning and implementation; access tracking, invoicing and user feedback; user point-of-contact...

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Thinking BIG with NANO roundup

Early Career Researcher-focused event helps the future entrepreneurs gain the skills they need.

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) and RMIT University partnered to provide an Early Career Researcher-focused event, Thinking BIG with NANO.

With around 95 people attending the event held at RMIT’s City Campus, young researchers from across Australia were given an opportunity to hear from an international cohort of leading CEOs, experts, and academics that have trodden similar paths in the past. Talks and workshops covered topics ranging from how to effectively communicate a pitch; case studies exhibiting how current market leaders have achieved success; and the ways in which to benefit from of Intellectual Property law while avoiding potential pitfalls.

The event was organised as part of a shared continuing goal to provide Australia’s budding academics and inventors with the skills they need to revolutionise their respective fields of research.

ANFF, ANN and RMIT would all like to thank all of the speakers and attendees that made the event a success.

The organising committee would like to ask all attendees to fill out this survey form to help shape events like this in the future.

Contact Tom Eddershaw with any questions.

Cathodoluminescence/Processing Officer position at ANU

The Cathodoluminescence/Processing Officer position is available at the ANU College of Science (CoS). The Cathodoluminescence/Processing Officer will provide efficient management and operation of a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope (SEM) system with cathodoluminescence (CL) capability as well as a suite of processing equipment related to semiconductors technology. We are to appoint a highly motivated individual to operate and maintain the systems, train users and provide research support to academics/students. View More

Monitoring qubits for the first time

A team of UNSW researchers has taken yet another important step towards realising a functional quantum computer by experimentally demonstrating a platform that will allow for quantum mistakes to be corrected.

Quantum computers have the potential to revolutionise the way scientists design new drugs, create complex simulations of weather patterns or take artificial intelligence to new heights.

They use a binary language of 1s and 0s as do traditional computers – in which strings of bits, which are related to transistors being on or off, are used to perform calculations that in turn perform the task that the computer was asked to do.

Instead of the transistor devices used to realise traditional bits, a quantum bit (qubit) in the UNSW design contains a single electron. Electrons have an intrinsic property called spin which can be either up or down, meaning the qubit binary information can be a 1 or a 0. What makes it exciting is a phenomenon called the superposition principle which, often explained using the famous analogy of ‘Schrodinger’s cat’, means that until it’s observed, the electron is spinning both up and down, so the qubit is both 1 and 0 simultaneously. This superposition principle, combined with another quantum phenomenon known as ‘entanglement’, means that a quantum computer can perform a range of useful calculations of unprecedented complexity at an astounding rate.

2018 Frater Award winners announced

Four ANFF staff members have been announced as the winners of the 2018 Frater Awards. These staff members will travel to 3 different countries and bring back new expertise in nanofabrication related areas that will benefit the ANFF user community.

ANFF CEO recognised in Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018

We are proud to announce that ANFF CEO, Rosemary (Rosie) Julia Hicks, has been selected as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018. The list features women working across a spectrum of industries demonstrating a strong sense of commitment to a cause.

The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards presented by Qantas encompasses 10 categories, with the aim of identifying a diverse group of women championing change in business and society. The awards aim to uncover and promote Australian women who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and who are fighting for change every day.

This year’s list was chosen from a record 850 entries. To view the full list of the 2018 100 Women of Influence alumni, please click here.

The winners of each of the 10 categories and the overall winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 17. Tickets for the gala awards evening go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 11 September. If you have any queries, please contact afrwomenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit Australia 26 - 27 November 2018

The IEEE WIE International Leadership Summits were launched as a part of IEEE WIE’s portfolio of global initiatives that focus on Inspiration, Leadership, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship mid to senior women in technology. Summit provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and collaboration.

The Australian Summit is at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 26 - 27 November 2018... View more

Chief Operating Officer - Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)

Based at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Clayton.

The ANFF is seeking an outstanding Chief Operating Officer to lead implementation of the strategic direction of the organisation and meet performance standards.

• Interesting and varied role
• Opportunity to lead improvement projects
• Immediate start

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) was established in 2007 under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). ANFF links CSIRO and 19 universities to provide researchers and industry with access to state-of-the-art micro and nano fabrication facilities. The investment now exceeds $300 million and employs 112 FTE staff, across the eight nodes of ANFF.

Each facility offers a specific area of expertise including advanced materials, nanoelectronics & photonics and bio nano applications. The ANFF commitment to providing a world-class user facility is underpinned by the sharing of best practice in service provision across the network. See www.anff.org.au
This senior leadership position will oversee the application of the ANFF Access and Pricing Policies at the local node level and requires regular and constructive interaction with the Facility Managers to ensure the seamless and complementary operation of the distributed sites.

The role represents a senior appointment responsible for all aspects of reporting to Government. Excellent written communication skills are required for the production of reports and promotional material. A high level of financial literacy is essential.

To be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate a passion for excellence and be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision in providing support to the CEO.

ANFF staff retreat September 2018

The Staff retreat will be held at the iconic Union House Function Centre at the University of Adelaide and run for two days: 12 September to 13 September 2018.

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