CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in "Functional composites with tuneable electrostatic properties" - CSIRO - EducationCareer

First listed on: 13 February 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in "Functional composites with tuneable electrostatic properties"


The Opportunity

  • Do you have an interest in electrostatic materials and composites?
  • Develop a new capability for producing hybrid composite materials.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology 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 undertake research in functional composites with tuneable electrostatic properties.

As the successful candidate you will establish a set of system designed rules for understanding the physicochemical interactions and processing conditions that will facilitate the generation and storage of the desired electrostatic properties. You will then manage the fabrication of a series of model material systems and investigate their performance in different settings.

Your duties will include:

  • Completing a roadmap to set the basis of a general understanding of the inter-material relations in electrostatic hybrid composites (metal, ceramic, polymer) and of their effect on the material performance and its manufacture.
  • Identifying relevant experimental approaches to quantify the amount of charge and its lifetime in electrostatic materials and composites.
  • Independently carrying out scientific activities involving design, synthesis, production and testing of the new hybrid composite materials and parts.
  • Developing protocols and procedures to make these formulations 3D printable.

Location:  Clayton VIC
Salary:  AU$86k – AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  71625

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, materials engineering, chemical engineering, physics etc.
    Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Track record in the development, fabrication and characterisation of functional composite materials, with a focus on electrostatic materials.
  • Practical knowledge of additive manufacturing, preferably Fused Deposition Modelling / Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Practical knowledge of polymer-based processing techniques (for instance, extrusion and electrospinning).

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.

Please note you must ensure you address each of the Essential and Desirable criteria, as per the instructions in the “How to apply” section of the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide 2 documents only - a cover letter and a CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role..

PLEASE NOTE that your cover letter must contain your succinct address to each of the Essential and Desirable selection criteria.

Applications Close

Monday 15 March 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT