First listed on: 15 July 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Photoelectrochemical water splitting

The Opportunity
  • Are you an early career researcher?
  • Work alongside world-class researchers on hydrogen production processes
  • 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 will work in a highly interdisciplinary research project lying at the intersection of nanofabrication, photoelectrochemistry and hydrogen production. As part of the Solar Materials Team, and in collaboration with the Nanomaterials and Devices Team, the Postdoctoral Fellow will develop nanostructured surfaces that act as photocatalysts during water splitting reactions. The Postdoctoral Fellow will then measure the performance of these materials and develop ways to enhance their reactivity. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the Hydrogen Future Science Platform, CSIRO’s Energy and Manufacturing Business Units and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication.

Your duties will include:
  • Measure the performance of photocatalytic surfaces in hydrogen producing reactions using standard photoelectrochemical techniques.
  • Perform the fabrication of nanostructured surfaces using high through-put combinatorial approaches, such as CSIROs RAMP facility and specialised deposition techniques.
  • Characterise the nanostructures materials using a suite of standard analytical techniques.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 68341

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Material Science, Physical Chemistry relevant to Electrochemistry, Photo-electrochemistry and/or water splitting.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Experience in electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry and/or photocatalysis, such as hydrogen production via water splitting or a related process.
  • A sound understanding of the fundamental issues and present challenges relating to photoelectrochemical water splitting for hydrogen generation.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • 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.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


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

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

Wednesday 12th August 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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