Join MCN- Infrastructure and OHS Manager role now available

MCN is currently seeking an experienced Infrastructure and OHS Manager in a key leadership role to manage the high-level functions of the complex nanofabrication facility, optimise core laboratory operations, ensure adherence to a high standard of safety and risk mitigation and to lead processes for equipment procurement and capital works.

Read the full position description and apply here 

Application window closes, Friday 13 March 2020 11:55 pm AEDT

ANFF Seminars: CFD simulation and modelling


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ANFF SA’s simulation expert, Dr Moein Kashani will be presenting a seminar and webinar on simulation techniques for modelling fluid dynamics on 19 March 2020.

The talk will focus on Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation (CFD), a concept that can be applied to all transfer phenomena, including: fluid flow in microfluidics, microfluidic mixing, heat and mass transfer, molecular diffusion, cell separation, purification, multi-phase flow and electrical behaviour in semiconductors.

Follow online, or attend the seminar at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication to learn about the benefits that simulation can bring to your process flows.

Tickets for physical attendance are limited, but the event will also be broadcast online for those that can’t be here in person.

Click here for more information.


Monash secures more than $3.9 million to build on world-class infrastructure for transformative research

A recently successful LIEF bid led by Monash researcher and ANFF-VIC Technology Ambassador, Dr Victor Cadarso will establish a state of the art 3D nanofabrication capability at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. Details below.

Source: Mirage News, 17th January 2020

An Australian-first 3D nanofabrication printer and a next generation electron detector for our world-leading cryo-electron microscopy facility are among the Monash proposals funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme… Today’s announcement of LIEF funding will strengthen the Monash technology precinct’s standing as a world leader in nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing and biotechnology, as home to the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication – the Victorian headquarters of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, and a thriving network of biotech and medical device companies.”

Full article here.

MCN private residency packages coming soon

Beginning in 2020, MCN users who have purchased full-time residency packages will have the option of a secure, private office space to host their activity. The space will have keyed entry, secure storage and will be able to host up to four full-time residents.

Private residencies will be available at a 10% premium compared to standard full-time residency rates. A minimum 12 month commitment applies. For details, see the ANFF-VIC Access & Pricing Schedule.

Interested parties should contact

New $35m Centre Of Excellence Underpinned By ANFF Support

ANFF and its headquarters, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, have been named as partner organisations in a new $34.9 million research centre focused on developing novel optical technologies.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) was announced by Minister for Education Dan Tehan on 11 October 2019.

TMOS will undertake cutting-edge research in light interaction with nanomaterials, harnessing the emerging science of Meta-optics, a class of optical technologies which use nanostructured materials to generate, manipulate, and detect light.

See official press release here.

Join MCN- Thin film specialist role now available

MCN is seeking a Thin film specialist to join the team – the Centre is looking for an applicant with proven expertise and applied experience in nanofabrication, micro/nano characterisation and thin film deposition techniques.

Read the full position description and apply here 

The application window closes on Wednesday 9 October 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT

Medical Device Partnering Program at MCN

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP)’s next round of funding in December, the company is making itself available directly at MCN in order to discuss how they can help develop ANFF-VIC-enabled medtech research through to commercialisation.

MDPP works to de-risk ideas for medical and assistive devices, and to provide funding and expertise for development projects.  MDPP is funded by LaunchVic, Victoria’s start-up agency, and – like MCN – does not take a stake in IP or equity for its services.

Oded VanHam, MDPP Victoria Operations Manager, will be available on Tuesdays for drop-in conversations at MCN,  starting 10 September 2019.  Find him in the hot-desk area to have a chat about the resources MDPP can offer.

Oded can also be reached at 03 9214 3391, or

Join MCN – EBL Process Engineer role available

MCN is seeking a EBL expert to join the team – the Centre is looking for an applicant with proven expertise and applied experience in nanofabrication, micro/nano characterisation and Electron Beam Lithography (EBL), in addition to a working knowledge in Electron Microscopy (EM) characterisation techniques.

Read the full position description and apply here 

ANFF-VIC user awarded Leverhulme Medal 2019

Professor Frank Caruso has been awarded the Leverhulme Medal 2019 by the Royal Society for “driving the application of engineered particles in biology and medicine through nanoscale materials engineering.”

The Leverhulme Medal is awarded for an outstanding researcher in the field of chemical engineering and applied chemistry.

Professor Caruso is a prominent user of ANFF-VIC’s capabilities at the University of Melbourne, and ANFF-VIC would like to congratulate him on this recognition of his continuing outstanding materials research.

Read more here.

Farewell to MCN’s Operations and EHS Manager

Paul Spizzirri has decided to move on to his next chapter and will be leaving his position as Operations and EHS Manager at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) after more than eight years in the role.

Paul joined the MCN in May 2011, bringing with him over 20 years of extensive laboratory experience with the last 13 years focused on silicon processing technologies applied to the fabrication of a solid-state quantum computer.

As a farewell message, Paul said: “MCN and the ANFF-VIC Node have been amazing environments to work in. The people, technology, and opportunities have been life changing and I’ve enjoyed my journey immensely. It has truely been a privilege to with this team who I know will go on to deliver amazing outcomes for Australia and the ANFF community.”

Paul has done a truly outstanding job managing the operation of central infrastructure and equipment that supports MCN’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, helping to grow the MCN’s capability portfolio, user base, and its reputation.

Messages from the network:

Commenting on Paul’s fantastic career at MCN, Professor Nico Voelcker, MCN/ANFF-VIC Director, said: “Paul has been an extraordinary leader and will definitely be missed. The systems and processes Paul has developed and implemented have allowed the MCN to operate at the highest level, and it’s done so safely. On behalf of everyone at MCN, I would like to thank Paul for his many contributions over the years and wish him the best of success in future challenges and endeavours.”

Dr Jane Fitzpatrick, ANFF Chief Operating Officer, stated: “Paul has provided an amazing level of value to both ANFF-Vic and the whole ANFF network throughout his time at MCN. His skills, knowledge and demeanour have earned him the greatest levels of respect and friendship across our organisation. Although ANFF will be sorely disappointed to see him leave, we wish him all the best in his coming endeavours.”

Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO Chief Scientist, said: “Paul, thank you for all your work and inspiration for the ANFF Vic Node. You have been instrumental in creating a world-class facility that has an incredible impact on Australian research that is enduring. You leave an amazing legacy that you should be very proud of, and good luck for your future endeavours.”

Professor Ian Smith, Monash University Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) said: “While I am sorry to hear you are leaving us, I wish you all the best for the next steps. In addition to those that have gained from your endeavours at MCN, Monash University has also benefited enormously from your leadership, selfless contributions and drive to ensure we are all working in an as healthy and as safe environment as possible, so thank you.”