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Dr Adrian Hawley

Dr Adrian Hawley

Project Manager

Role at ANSTO

Dr Adrian Hawley is a project manager in the Project Management Office at the ANSTO Australian Synchrotron. As a project manager, Adrian aims to help diverse project teams comprised of staff from different workgroups to deliver large and complex capital projects to scope, on budget, and on time. This also includes ensuring appropriate governance of the project works and funds with regular reporting to senior management on the status of work and any risks or issues that have arisen.

Prior to his current project management role, Adrian was beamline scientist at the Small and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering Beamline (SAXS / WAXS) at the ANSTO Australian Synchrotron from 2008 to 2019. Working in collaboration with the Australia and New Zealand research community Adrian helped visiting researchers make the most of their time at the synchrotron before, during, and after experiments at the SAXS Beamline. He also shared responsibility for the maintenance and development of the instrumentation to keep this valuable research tool at the cutting edge of research capability.

Adrian’s background is in physical chemistry and he continues to maintain a role in collaborative research focused on liquid crystal formation in milk and milk products during digestion. Working in collaboration with researchers from Monash University Adrian hopes that understanding these can improve drug delivery and nutrition.


Project management, scheduling, working with diverse teams, small angle X-ray scattering, scattering data analysis, time-resolved experiment design

Qualifications & Achievements

  • Diploma of Project Management, Victorian Chamber of Commerce (2018)
  • Excellence in Research Award, Research Impact (Economic & Social), Monash University Department of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science (2018)
  • George Collins Award for Innovation, ANSTO (2016)
  • PhD (Chemistry), University of Bath (2008)
  • BSc (Honours), Australian National University (2004)
  • BSc, University of Melbourne (2002)
  • Diploma of Arts (History), University of Melbourne (2002)