CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Organic Solar Cells

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Melbourne, Australia

Job posting number: #7220282 (Ref:cj_95956)

Posted: February 23, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO and JITRI (Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute)
  • Conduct research using artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted data analysis to explore roll-to-roll printing techniques to fabricate organic solar cells
  • 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.


CSIRO Manufacturing has dedicated research teams focusing on printed organic solar cells. Our Printable Photovoltaics Team has an opportunity for a self-motivated and innovative postdoctoral fellow from a physical chemistry, chemistry, physics, engineering or materials science background to join an exciting, interdisciplinary team in the priority area of organic solar cells.


The CERC Fellow will work closely with two co-supervisors, Dr Doojin Vak at CSIRO and Prof Chang-Qi Ma at Institute of Nanotechnology and Applications (INA), one of JITRI institutes, to carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO and JITRI with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes.  The Fellow will explore roll-to-roll printing techniques to fabricate organic solar cells and will learn artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted data analysis. AI models will be developed and used to discover printable formulations and optimised fabrication parameters.

Your duties will include:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilise design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals and apply non-academic impact methodology to research projects.
  • Record, manage, and analyse data/information using relevant domain data science techniques.


Location:  Clayton (Melbourne), Victoria

Salary:  AU$92k - AU$101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 2 years

Reference:  95956

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, or other areas relevant to Photovoltaics.. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least 1 and no more than 4 years (full-time or equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience. 
  • Experience with the fabrication of solution-processed organic solar cells.
  • 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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. 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

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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

25 March 2024, 11:00pm AEDT

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