First listed on: 16 February 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow for Porous Materials for Bioremediation


The Opportunity

  • Are you ready for the next step in your career?
  • Design, create and test new porous bio-composite materials
  • Join CSIRO and support Australia's premier scientific organisation!

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 work on CSIRO’s patented bio-encapsulation technology to develop new devices. The encapsulation technology is based on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). These porous materials are useful for a host of applications including molecular separations, storage and interactions. The project goal is to build on the fundamental understanding of porous biomineralisation and realise the potential for application with enzymes, cells and other bio-macromolecules. This will result in high impact publications, patents, and industry collaboration. 

Your duties will include:

  • Design, create and test new porous bio-composite materials
  • Design and undertake characterisation experiments and biological assays to determine the efficacy of the materials developed.
  • Fabricate and validate bench-scale prototypes based on the new materials.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 71639

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Bio-Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science/Engineering.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in implementation of biomolecule performance assays, tissue culture and microbiology.
  • Demonstrated experience in material characterization using different techniques, such as spectroscopic techniques (including mass spectrometry and HPLC), diffraction methods and microscopy investigations.
  • 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.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

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

Monday 15 March 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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