First listed on: 25 June 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Metal Organic Framework Chemistry 

The Opportunity
  • Are you an early career researcher?
  • Become part of a leading team developing an innovative class of porous materials
  • Join CSIRO Manufaturing, in which science and research are catalysts for innovation

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

In this position you will undertake research in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) which is a promising class of ultraporous materials that have unprecedented capture and release properties in important fields of application for small molecules (e.g. storage, delivery, sensing). They are easily functionalised making them ideal for applications such as controlled storage/release.

This team (Matthew Hill, Kiyonori Suzuki, Kristina Konstas, Cara Doherty) has patented and published on MOFs for sensing, sequestration, and release.  We have recently began to focus on coordination chemistries that allow the reversible capture and release of oxygen in ambient conditions.  

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to drive this concept to create a series of framework materials able to capture and release oxygen directly from the air. 

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.
  • Publish results in high impact journals.
  • Participate in the commercialisation of the results.

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 2 years
Reference: 67322

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as Organic or Inorganic Materials Synthetic Chemistry.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least one year of postdoctoral research experience, but no more than six full-time equivalent years of experience since confirmation of your doctorate at the end of this postdoctoral term.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience with either metal organic frameworks or processing of advanced materials, in particular air sensitive synthetic techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to develop experimental plans and pursue novel research approaches.
  • Demonstrated originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches.
  • Experience with characterisation of porous materials, in particular adsorption techniques.  
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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. Balance

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Friday 31st July 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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