CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nitrogen Vacancy Diamond Quantum Sensors

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Melbourne, Australia

Job posting number: #7090452 (Ref:cj_79942)

Posted: December 10, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in Electronic or Mechatronic Engineering, or Physics?
  • Want to lead the development of a nitrogen vacancy diamond-based quantum sensor?
  • Join a multidisciplinary team within CSIRO Manufacturing for this exciting postdoctoral opportunity


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.


The CERC Fellow will be joining a multidisciplinary team spanning research groups in CSIRO Manufacturing (Devices and Engineered Systems) and the University of Melbourne (Schools of Chemistry and Physics).

The CERC Fellow will lead the development of a nitrogen vacancy diamond (NVD)-based quantum sensor that can be used for NMR measurements for several chemistry applications. In cooperation with experienced practitioners in the field of NVD sensing systems, the CERC Fellow will be required to incorporate a pre-fabricated NVD substrate into a prototype system that will demonstrate NMR measurements, such as basic analyte detection and chemical reaction monitoring. Specifically this will require the CERC to

  • Assemble an NV-diamond NMR (NV-NMR) system for acquiring NMR spectra from liquid samples delivered to the diamond surface,
  • Develop and implement experimental NV-NMR protocols for the characterisation of time-dependent chemical reaction systems,
  • Optimise sample throughput and compatibility via the development of a microfluidic architecture in collaboration with microfluidic specialists at CSIRO.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking experimental laboratory work to develop the NV-NMR system.
  • Publishing research outcomes in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and contribute to high-profile conferences and workshops.
  • Working as part of a larger team focused on the translation of quantum sensors to applications in physical and analytical chemistry.
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.



Location:  Clayton, Victoria

Salary:   AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:   Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  79942

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Electronic or Mechatronic Engineering, or Physics.  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in translation and device prototyping.
  • Experience in digital RF signal processing.
  • Experience with basic optical microscopy.
  • Experience with optical systems.
  • Experience in coding in MatLab or Python.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 30 June 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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