First listed on: 28 September 2018

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Membrane Materials and Technology 

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The Position:

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years 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.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will research and implement new approaches to create next generation fouling resistant high performance forward osmosis (FO) membranes to overcome major challenges facing commercialisation of forward osmosis technology, and enable energy efficient water purification and separation. The project will include creating a database for FO membrane research, designing the membrane synthesis technique for novel nanoporous materials enhanced FO membranes integrated with fouling resistant surface modification for flat sheet and hollow fibre membranes, establishing method for membrane module assembly, and ultimately building a prototype system to explore the applications of FO technology for water, food processing and energy industries.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Developing and optimising the scalable membrane fabrication technique for novel nanoporous materials enhanced forward osmosis membranes to maximise the membrane performance and fouling resistance.
  • Designing the spiral wound or hollow fibre membrane module and a prototype forward osmosis system for evaluation of different applications.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature.
  • Producing high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location: Clayton, Victoria
Salary: $82k to $93k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of up to 3 years
Job ref: 58809

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as materials science/engineering, chemical engineering or polymer chemistryPlease 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.
  • Strong track record of experimental research in membrane materials and technology, preferably forward osmosis membrane technology.
  • Demonstrated experience in the common membrane synthesis technique (e.g. phase inversion, interfacial polymerisation), characterisation and testing of thin film composite membranes
  • Experience in membrane module design and assembly, ideally in scale up flat sheet and/or hollow fibre membrane fabrication.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

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

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 AEDT, 31 October 2018.

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