First listed on: 03 July 2018

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical and Materials Engineering

  • Do you enjoy collaborative teamwork?

  • Do you have a passion for applied science and engineering approaches that scale?

  • Join the CSIRO Manufacturing team for this exciting postdoctoral fellowship

The Position:

Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience.  These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years or part time equivalent and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

In the Materials for Energy, Water, and Environment team at CSIRO we collaborate widely to focus on science solutions to global issues that are linked to atomic, ionic, and molecular separations. We are a diverse and inclusive team of interns, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, early- mid- and late- career researchers. We research and develop and translate our technologies with industry. We have a spin-in company MOFWorx that you can check out .  We have a number of team members who are early to mid-career researchers with their activities highlighted on the web: check out  and  . 

The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne and have the opportunity to travel and work with our collaborators. This project involves a collaboration with Monash University, The University of Texas, and Cambridge University, with exchange of staff and students helping us deliver on our commitments. Our team supports postdoctoral fellows to learn project management and business skills that assist in project management including finances, Intellectual Property protection, student supervision, Health, Safety and Environment, communication, sales, and leadership.  Our postdoctoral fellows have successful careers globally in industry, defence science and technology, academia, and government institutions.

This postdoctoral fellowship is focussed on the challenge of low energy selective separation of ions from seawater, brines, produced water, and waste streams. Our team has demonstrated proof of concept success in materials and membrane science approaches to this challenge, and we are working to scale the materials and processes to higher technology readiness level with a consortium of industry collaborators. This opportunity will suit a researcher who enjoys collaborative team work and who has a passion for applied science and engineering approaches that scale.

If you are skilled in chemical engineering or materials engineering or a related field and are passionate about the role that disruptive separations can play in the circular materials economy, please contact us.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals and produce when needed client reports and patents.
  • Prepare appropriate conference papers and present those at conferences as agreed with your supervisor.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.

Location:  Clayton, Victoria
Salary: $80k to $91k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of up to 3 years
Ref no: 57185

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as chemical engineering, materials engineering, chemistry, mathematics, or related field. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
  • Experience in materials fabrication and characterisation, including for example metal-organic framework synthesis and fabrication, or amorphous material synthesis and characterisation.
  • Experience in device fabrication, characterisation, and device testing in environments.
  • Experience in translating processes in the lab into practical application.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details document

About Us

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.  At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance

How to Apply: Please provide enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the assessment panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter.  

Applications Close:  10:59pm AEST, 2 August 2018.

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