First listed on: 29 July 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Heterogeneous Photocatalysis for Organic Chemical Synthesis


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry or organometallic chemistry?
  • Discover novel heterogenous catalysts materials that are activated by near-infrared (NIR) light
  • Join our Clayton-based CSIRO Manufacturing team for this exciting 3 year postdoctoral 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.

This CERC Fellowship in Heterogeneous Photocatalysis for Organic Chemical Synthesis aims to discover novel heterogenous catalysts materials that are activated by near-infrared (NIR) light. The NIR absorbing materials will exploit the photophysical process of triplet fusion upconversion - the conversion of low-energy photons (NIR) into higher-energy (visible) photons. The newly developed heterogenous photocatalysts will provide a pathway for the discovery of new organic chemical transformations enabling the synthesis and manufacture of target molecules with significantly improved efficiency relative to conventional photocatalysis.

Your duties will include:

  • In collaboration with the project team, leading the design and development of novel triplet upconversion photocatalysts.
  • In collaboration with high-throughput (HT) synthesis team, undertaking experiments focussed on the preparation of a library of photocatalyst materials. 
  • Designing, developing and undertaking experiments focussed on the discovery of novel C-C bond forming transformations using triplet upconversion photocatalysts.
  • In collaboration with continuous flow processing teams, designing a flow chemistry platform for the translation of the catalysis technology into industrially relevant scales.  

Location: Clayton, Victoria
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  87151

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as synthetic organic chemistry or synthetic organometallic chemistry. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in catalyst design, synthesis and reaction methodology development.
  • Proven experience in synthetic chemistry techniques including handling a range of different reagents and purification techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to use and interpret a relevant range of chemical analysis and characterisation techniques such as NMR (1D and 2D), LCMS, MS and IR to elucidate the structure of organic and organometallic compounds.

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 Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 31 January 2023.

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

31 August 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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