First listed on: 09 December 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow in Additive Manufacturing of Magnesium Composites for Orthopaedic Implants


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Biomaterials Development and Design or a relevant discipline?
  • Help develop next generation bioresorbable magnesium materials for biomedical application
  • Join our Advanced Materials and Processing Program in CSIRO Manufacturing for this exciting 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.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join the Advanced Materials and Processing Program in the Manufacturing Business Unit to develop the next generation of bioresorbable magnesium (Mg) composite materials for biomedical applications by additive manufacturing. You will use your knowledge and skills in materials science and additive manufacturing to design and fabricate Mg composite scaffolds with suitable biocompatibility, controllable degradation rates and the ability to deliver drugs. A background in biomedical or materials science and engineering will be considered favourably.

Your duties will include:

  • Preparing Mg-based composite precursors which are suitable for 3D printing.  
  • Fabricating Mg composite scaffolds by 3D printing and applying coatings to the scaffolds.
  • Testing the composite scaffolds in terms of mechanical properties, microstructure, chemical composition, drug delivery profile, degradation rates, etc.
  • Undertaking in vitro tests to study the biocompatibility, bioactivity and biodegradability of the scaffolds.
  • Presenting results in a meaningful format, preparing reports and writing scientific papers for publication.  

Location: Clayton, Victoria
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 79514

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Materials Science and Engineering, Biomaterials Development and Design (e.g. light metals, ceramics and polymers) or other relevant disciplines. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of 3D printing processes, and in particular, metallic 3D printing processes.
  • Proven experience in experimental characterisation and mechanical testing and property assessment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of biomaterials, in particular absorbable and degradable biomaterials.
  • 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


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 31 May 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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