CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2D Material Quantum Emitters

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Sydney, Australia

Job posting number: #7232760 (Ref:cj_96226)

Posted: March 28, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The opportunity


  • Exciting postdoctoral role for an early career researcher with a PhD in Physics, Quantum Engineering or Nanotechnology
  • Work with 2D materials to produce new and innovative quantum emitters
  • Join the CSIRO Manufacturing team for this cross disciplinary 3-year role


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 Functional Nanosystems team consists of physicists and engineers using novel materials, in particular 2D materials and superconductors, to solve global challenges. This work spans membranes, biotechnology, electronics, 6G+ telecommunications and quantum systems. The team's patented processes for the synthesis and fabrication of 2D materials and superconductors has led to large- and small-scale projects with customers spanning local SMEs to large multi-nationals. The team's niche is exploring fundamental academic innovations and seeing how they can be translated for environmental, economic and social impact.

The Project will be vital in developing new quantum technologies in CSIRO. The CERC Fellow will work with 2D materials to produce new and innovative quantum emitters.  The CERC Fellow will develop 2D materials stacks (van der Waals Heterostructures) from 2D materials including graphene, black phosphorus, hexagonal-boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides. The CERC Fellow will develop nanofabrication techniques to produce and investigate electrically driven quantum emission from 2D material stacks. The CERC Fellow will design, fabricate, and optically characterise quantum emitters for applications in quantum communications. 

Your duties will include:

  • Extending and optimising CSIRO’s 2D material transfer and stacking processes to produce quantum emitters.
  • In a cleanroom environment, fabricating electrically triggered quantum emitters in 2D materials. 
  • Developing nanofabrication processes to deterministically engineer optically active sites in 2D materials. 
  • Characterising optical emission from 2D materials and their stacks to validate single photon emission. 
  • Working closely with other scientists and engineers in the development of quantum communications projects and infrastructure at CSIRO. 


Location: Lindfield, NSW

Salary: AU$93k - AU$105k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 96226

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Physics, Quantum Engineering or Nanotechnology. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to optically characterise Single Photon Emitters. 
  • Experience in nanofabrication techniques e.g. thermal evaporation, photo/thermal lithography, plasma etching and spin coating. 
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed, and multi-institution research team.
  • 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.


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

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

Diversity and inclusion

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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

29 April 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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