Research Scientist/ Engineer - Continuous Flow Catalysis

Date Posted: 15 Nov 2023

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Apply your research engineering skills in the development of catalytic process technology for chemical manufacturing
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists across a range of projects
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency


The role of Research Scientist/Engineer staff is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. The Research Scientist/Engineer may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. 

The Research Scientist/Engineer will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership, and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. 

As part of the Continuous Flow Catalysis team, this role will contribute to the development of catalytic process technology for chemical manufacturing and energy applications such as carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), hydrogenations, 3D printed reactor components, decentralised/mobile plants, and operations for the Hydrogen Economy. 

The role will contribute into ongoing research efforts across continuous thermal, photochemical, and electrochemical catalytic processes.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing new chemical manufacturing routes for industrial research projects using flow chemistry.
  • Design and build bench-scale continuous flow reactor systems to carry out gas and liquid phase chemical transformations.
  • Carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity, and innovation.
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience, to recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines. 
  • Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and/or write scientific papers for publication.  
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, and business unit to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Clayton, VIC

Salary: AU$105K - $114K per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time

Reference: 94976


To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Knowledge in the synthesis, characterization, and testing of various types of catalytic materials, including inorganic/organometallic materials.
  • In-depth fundamental understanding of and/or practical experience with thermal, photochemical, and electrochemical catalytic processes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use and interpret a relevant range of chemical analysis and characterisation techniques such as NMR, LCMS, IR, gas adsorption (e.g. BET) and X-ray spectroscopy to elucidate the structure of organic compounds and catalyst materials.
  • Excellent laboratory skills, including the design and engineering of bench-scale and/or pilot-scale experimental facilities.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with evidence of ability to co-operate and perform effectively as part of a research team, and work in a multidisciplinary project.


  • Demonstrated track record of using continuous flow processing and liquid/gasphase heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Knowledge in reaction engineering, including reaction kinetics, axial dispersion, residence time distribution and reactor design (PFRs and CSTRs).
  • Experience building techno-economic models to quantitatively estimate the relative costs and benefits of different technology solutions, in addition to their timeframes, risks and uncertainties.


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



Applications for this position are open to all candidates.

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


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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.

We recommend you address the selection criteria outlined in the position description and include this information in your cover letter. 


Applications Close

Sunday 17th December 2023, 11:00 pm AEDT

11:00 PM

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