Magdalena is a Lecturer in Chemistry within the School of Science. Her main research areas are: Electrochemistry, Quantum/Theoretical Chemistry and Chemical Education.
- SCC1123 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences
- SCC1111 - General Chemistry
- SCC1201 - Chemistry: Structure and Reactions
- SCI3150 - Natural Sciences Project
Dr Wajrak has a broad employment experience. Her main employment has been in academia at various Universities in WA and also in NSW, however, she has also gained experience working for private and government analytical laboratories and WA Environment Minister.
- 2006-present: Chemistry Lecturer (Level B), School of Natural Sciences, ECU, WA
- 2001-2001: Chemistry Lecturer (Level B), Chemistry Department, University of New England, NSW
- 2000-2001: Online Tutor Designer, CADRE Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW; Research Officer, Monitoring Technologies International, Osborne Park, WA
- 1999-2000: Computing Lecturer (Level A), Kurongkurl Katitjin School, ECU, WA
- 1998-1999: Research Officer, Dr Judy Edwards, MLA, Maylands, WA
- 1995-2005: Sessional Chemistry Tutor and Demonstrator, School of Natural Sciences, ECU, WA, Chemistry Lecturer (Level B), School of Pharmacy, UWA, WA and Research Assistant, Chemistry Centre, East Perth, WA
- Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI C CHEM)
- Member of the Australian Institute of Radiochemical Engineering (AIRE), Radiochemistry Education Committee
- Member of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA)
- Member of the Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory Project (ASELL)
Awards and Recognition
University and National Teaching Awards
- 2019: Implementation of electronic lab books in first year chemistry lab classes, $1,983
- 2014-2015: Inspiring and Motivating Indigenous Students to Study Science at Tertiary, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), $87,936.
- 2012: Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Awards for University Teaching - '2012 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning'
- 2010: Development of Chemical Demonstrations Booklet and running PD workshops for high school lab technicians, ECU Visiting Scholar Grant, Mr Tim Harrison, Bristol University, UK, $2,693
- 2007: National Teaching Award - ‘2007 Pearson Education RACI Chemical Educator of the Year Award’
- 2006: Development of novel experiment for third-year environmental chemistry unit, which teaches students new skills and theory of solid phase microextraction of pesticides, ECU Visiting Scholar Grant, Dr Ian Jamie, Macquarie University, NSW, $1,170
- 2003-2010: Improving the teaching and learning and development of teaching resources for chemistry students at ECU, ECU Teaching and Learning Grants, $26,096
- 2003: National Teaching Award - ‘The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Centenary of Federation Teaching (Tertiary) Award in Chemistry’
- 2004: ECU Award - The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award
National and International Research Positions
- 2010: HERDSA Fellow
- 2018: ECU Super Development Fund Award - ATHENA SWAN
Research Areas and Interests
- Voltammetric methods for low level detection of arsenic and lead in water and soil samples.
- Voltammetric method for the detection of barium, lead and antimony in gunshot residues.
- Investigation of the factors that affect deposition of arsenic on the surface of solid gold electrode.
Chemical Education and Chemistry Outreach
- Designing multimedia chemistry teaching resources, novel experiments and lecture demonstrations for chemistry students.
- Inspiring Aboriginal students about science through 'Old Ways, New Ways' Program in collaboration with Jason Barrow from Kurongkurl Katitjin School and Caroline Bishop from Engagement
- Presenting 'Chemistry Magic Shows' for schools and general public
- Teacher professional development in collaboration with Mr Tim Harrison from Bristol University, UK