Mr Scott Olsen

Scientific Operations Group Leader and Quality Co-ordinator
Phone - +61 2 9717 7039
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Role at ANSTO 


Mr Scott Olsen is the Scientific Operations Group Leader and Quality Co-Ordinator for the Institute and the neutron-beam program at OPAL, and he is responsible for all the maintenance and upgrade of existing neutron beam instruments. The Scientific Operation teams include Design Engineering, Laboratory Management and Technicial Support Groups.


His expertise includes project management, operations and quality management, vacuum technology and design for manufacturability.


Scott is a multi-disciplinary engineer with a keen interest in Science and assisting Scientists in their research. After completing a BSc/BE he worked from 1997-2000 at a Solar Cell research company in Sydney maintaining some of the research equipment (sputtering machines, electron-beam deposition machines) and managing varies projects as required by the research groups. He completed a MEngSc during this time. From 2000-2006 he worked at Sydney based acoustic research company Lake Technology spending the last 3 years incharge of manufacturing equipment for outdoor music concerts and movie post-production studios.


From 2006 until 2011 he was the Sample Environment Manager in the Bragg Institute and was responsible for the team looking after all the sample environment apparatus (cryostats, furnaces, magnets, pressure cells, stress rigs, etc.) for the neutron beam instruments.


Qualifications and achievements


  • Dip. Business - Frontline Management -  Swinburne 2007
  • MEngSc - Microelectronics UNSW 1999
  • BEng (Hons) - Systems Engineering ANU 1996
  • BSc - Physics ANU 1994
  • ISO9001 Quality Auditor

Selected publications

Xia, F; Brugger, J; Qian, G; Ngothai, Y; O'Neill, B; Zhao, J; Pullen, S; Olsen, S and Pring, A, Single-pass flow-through reaction cell for high-temperature and high-pressure in situ neutron diffraction studies of hydrothermal crystallization processes, J. Appl. Crystallogr. 45(2), 166-173 (2012) (from Wombat) DOI


Xia, F; O'Neill, B; Ngothai, Y; Peak, J; Tenailleau, C; Etschmann, B; Qian, G; Brugger, J; Studer, A; Olsen, S and Pring, A, A thermosyphon-driven hydrothermal flow-through cell for in situ and time-resolved neutron diffraction studies, J. Appl. Crystallogr. 43(3), 511-519 (2010) (from Wombat) DOI


Xia, F; Qian, G; Brugger, J; Studer, A; Olsen, S and Pring, A, A large volume cell for in situ neutron diffraction studies of hydrothermal crystallizations, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81(10), Art. No. 105107 (2010) (from Wombat) DOI


Styles, MJ; Riley, D; Christoforidis, J; Olsen, S, Modular In-situ reaction chamber design for time resolved diffraction ZEITSCHRIFT FUR KRISTALLOGRAPHIE Supplement 30 Part 1, pp201-206 (2009)


D. M. Pooke, V. Chamritski, M. Fee, S. Gibson, B. T. King, J. L. Tallon, M. Meissner, R. Feyerherm, S. R. Olsen, S. J. Kennedy, and R. A. Robinson, HTS 5 Tesla Synchrotron and Neutron Beamline Magnets, IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., 19(3), 1372-1375 (2009).


S. R. Olsen, S. J. Kennedy, S. Kim, J. C. Schulz, R. Thiering, E. P. Gilbert, W. Lu, M. James, and R. A. Robinson, Novel Cryogenic Engineering Solutions for the New Australian Research Reactor OPAL, AIP Conference Proceedings, 985(1), 299-306 (2008)


S. A. Pullen, E. P. Gilbert, S. R. Olsen, E. A. Lang, and K. R. Doolan, An in situ rapid heat-quench cell for small-angle neutron scattering, Meas. Sci. Technol., 19, Art. No. 065707 (2008).