First listed on: 05 October 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Organic Solar Cells


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, or other areas relevant to Photovoltaics?
  • Do you want to advance your scientific knowledge & experience?
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific 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.

CSIRO Manufacturing has dedicated research teams focusing on printed organic solar cells. Our Printable Photovoltaics Team has an opportunity for a self-motivated and innovative postdoctoral fellow from a physical chemistry, chemistry, physics, engineering or materials science background to join an exciting, interdisciplinary team in the priority area of organic solar cells.

The CERC Fellow will work closely with two co-supervisors, Dr Doojin Vak at CSIRO and Prof Chang-Qi Ma at Institute of Nanotechnology and Applications (INA), one of JITRI institutes, to carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO and JITRI with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes.  The Fellow will explore roll-to-roll printing techniques to fabricate organic solar cells and will learn artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted data analysis. AI models will be developed and used to discover printable formulations and optimised fabrication parameters.

Your duties will include:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilise design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals and apply non-academic impact methodology to research projects.
  • Record, manage, and analyse data/information using relevant domain data science techniques.

Location:  Clayton (Melbourne), Victoria
Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 2 years
Reference:   87487

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, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, or other areas relevant to Photovoltaics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least 1 and no more than 4 years (full time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience with the fabrication of solution-processed organic solar cells.
  • 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.

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 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.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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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

2 November 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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