First listed on: 26 May 2020

Postdoctoral fellowship in Polymer Science/ Surface Science 

  • Are you a motivated, early career scientist with interest in Polymer Chemistry/Surface Science?
  • Do you have, or will shortly obtain a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemical Engineering, Material Science / Chemistry, Organic chemistry or Polymer Science?
  • Join CSIRO and progress your career with our structured postdoc training program

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience.  These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

Fouling impacts a wide range of industries and applications around the world. This Postdoctoral fellowship project will design and optimise topologically active surfaces to impart advanced functionality such as self-cleaning, antifouling, antibacterial, anti-insect and anti-ice to surfaces while not impairing the coatings protective and decorative properties

Your duties will include

Under the direction of senior research scientists and engineers, the CERC Postdoctoral Fellow will:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Undertake experimental work on the design and synthesis of polymer or functional additives. These additives will be designed to self-assemble at the surface to provide permanent surface modification for anti-fouling, self-cleaning, anti-icing or anti-microbial properties.
  • Formulate the novel additives into coatings and undertake structure-property studies on the application of these additives into coating systems
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: $83,687 to $94,679 p.a. plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: 3 years term
Reference: 67348

To be successful you will need
Essential Criteria:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemical Engineering, Material Science/ Chemistry, Organic chemistry or polymer science.
    Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • A sound working knowledge and hands-on familiarity with the design and implementation of the techniques of organic and polymer synthesis.
  • Experience with characterisation techniques used in the polymers and chemistry industry. For example, but not limited to, NMR,IR, mass spectroscopy, Raman, UV, ELS, GPC, HPLC, GC.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including publishing in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, and presenting at national and/or international conferences.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience with material development and formulation
  • Experience in techniques for polymer synthesis to provide polymers with chosen molar mass, molar mass distribution, composition, functionality, architecture and sequence distribution.  Examples might include organosilane and siloxane compounds and amphiphilic polymers.
  • Experience with DoE and automation of chemical reactions or high throughput materials discovery so that composition and property space can be explored
  • Experience with surface characterization and analysis techniques such as contact angle, XPS, FTIR/ATR, AFM, SEM/TEM

Special Requirement:

  • This position is open only to Australian and New Zealand Citizens, Permanent and Temporary residents (who have work rights for the duration of the term, without the requirement for visa sponsorship by CSIRO)
  • The successful candidate will be asked to consent to National police check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically deemed ineligible. Each application will be considered on its merits

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

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Applications Close
Wednesday 24th June 2020
We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date

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