CSIRO Engineering Fellowship in Automation of Porous Materials Science for Energy Applications

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Melbourne, Australia

Job posting number: #7098778 (Ref:cj_80366)

Posted: April 27, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Want to conduct world class research and development with a team of dedicated professionals? 
  • Help develop new capability in the automated synthesis and characterisation of porous materials
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research 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 develop new capability in the automated synthesis and characterisation of porous materials for energy applications and beyond.  The project will focus on developing automated methods of material synthesis and the development of novel characterization methods to rapidly evaluate the materials.  The Fellow will have access to CSIRO’s automated chemistry platforms and will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team comprised of chemists, engineers, and experts in characterisation. Opportunities for collaboration with our national and international partners are expected.

Your duties will include:

  • Explore the range of experimental variables and evaluate the current state of the art in the chemistry of porous materials.
  • Develop and optimize protocols/methods for the automated synthesis of materials using robotic platforms and associated facilities.
  • Develop protocols for characterisation of materials using existing facilities, and link these to synthesis efforts where possible.
  • Investigate, propose, and design new (proxy) characterization methods for the evaluation and of materials synthesized.
  • Lead efforts to construct new apparatus for the automated evaluation of materials. 
  • Identify and implement opportunities to employ machine learning into processes across the entire workflow.


Location:   Clayton, Victoria

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

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  80366

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) OR hold an engineering degree plus a Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Engineering (MEng) qualifications (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a masters) plus equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of someone of a new PhD graduate. The doctorate or masters must be in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Automation/Robotics Engineering.  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of relevant research experience.
  • Experience with automation in a laboratory or scientific facility setting.
  • Experience in wet chemistry laboratory (from university or workplace).
  • Experience with design and fabrication of novel processes or apparatus.
  • Experience with the management and delivery of engineering projects..
  • 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


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.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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 May 2022, 11:00pm AEST

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7098778 (Ref:cj_80366)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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