CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Engineering or Electrochemistry

Date Posted: 17 Nov 2023
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Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Conduct impactful research in mineral carbonation and waste management.
  • Join the CarbonLock Future Science Platform team in this exciting 3-year postdoctoral opportunity!


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 CERC Fellow will join a multidisciplinary Environment and Sustainability Research Team that is conducting diverse research & development activities in emissions abatement, water treatment, dust control and waste management. The team's goal is to lower emissions, reduce environmental impacts and contribute to achieving sustainable mineral resources through innovative science and technology.

Working collaboratively with the CarbonLock Future Science Platform (FSP), the CERC Fellow will participate in the team’s research projects in the areas of mineral carbonation and waste management. The mining industry has major sustainability challenges with emissions reduction and effective management of the large volumes of tailings and waste produced by its activities. The involved research aims to develop novel electrochemical processes to accelerate CO2 mineralisation of mine tailings, incorporating the utilisation of mine wastewater and recovery of value metals form mine waste.


Your duties will include:

  • Developing electrochemical processes for accelerated mineral carbonation and concurrent reaction pathways for value metals recovery.
  • Studying fundamental electrochemical reactions and interfacial chemistry for mineral dissolution and carbonation, and metal leaching and enrichment.
  • Carrying out laboratory experiments including electrochemical tests and characterisation, materials characterisation and setting up experimental rigs.
  • Presenting results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and/or write scientific papers for publication. 


Location: Pullenvale, Queensland

Salary: AU$92,624 - AU$101,459 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 94916


To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemical Engineering or Electrochemistry. Please note: To be eligible for this role you are required to have no more than approximately 3 years of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Fundament knowledge in electrochemistry, electrocatalysis and chemical reactions.
  • Proven experience and skills in electrochemical experiments, electrochemical tests and characterisation, and setting up and operating electrochemical testing cells.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in materials synthesis and characterisation.
  • 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 for international applicants 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.


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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

15 December 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

11:00 PM

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