First listed on: 02 November 2022
APS Level 4/5-6 (S&T Level 3-4) - Materials Science Researcher

$71,207 - $97,790 (plus Super)
Fishermans Bend - VIC

The Role
Under broad direction, the Materials Science Researcher will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team from DSTG engaging externally to enable the development and integration of multifunctional materials and components into Defence platforms. 

They will work closely with other experts to develop, test, assess and model novel multifunctional composite material concepts for Defence applications; ensuring they can operate optimally in the military environment. 

Duties and Key Results Areas:

  • Working with experts across DSTG, develop new multi-scale physical models for multifunctional composites to enable design and optimisation for the SWaP benefit in Defence platforms;
  • Develop novel modelling methods to enable the physical integration of electrical, electronic and energy storage materials and components into composite structures that can survive extreme military environments, including load and temperature;
  • Develop new mechanical and physical experimentation processes using advanced characterization and metrology systems to enable the automated design and manufacture of complex multifunctional composite structures required to optimise performance of Defence Structures;
  • Collaborate with academia and industry partners to develop and grow emerging capabilities in novel Materials applications; building Australian capability to meet Defence needs;
  • Document and clearly communicate complex technical results and their implications to Defence leaders, stakeholders and external partners;
  • Contribute to maintaining a positive, inclusive and respectful culture within diverse and multi-disciplinary teams (gender, cultural, age, religious and sexual diversity).

About our Team
Platforms Division aims to leverage world-leading science, technology and partnerships to deliver game-changing capabilities for Australia now and into the future. Aerospace Materials (AM) is one of several Branches comprising Platforms Division. AM is primarily concerned with the deployment of materials in Aerospace platform and weapon systems, but also supports National security, Land and Maritime domains.

Our staff and partners provide diverse expertise in materials (functional and structural), advanced manufacturing & processing, advanced sensing, and computational materials modelling. Materials is a rapidly changing, enabling capability for a wide range of Defence challenges. To ensure impact, the culture in AM is very collaborative, within both DSTG and the broader S&T ecosystem.

AM’s four Groups cover many aspects of an Aerospace systems life cycle – from modelling & experimentation to support both acquisition and capability enhancement, manufacturing and lifting support for sustainment during operational life, through to planned withdrawal.

Our Ideal Candidate
Minimum of Bachelor Degree in a relevant technical discipline (e.g. mechanical/electrical Engineering, Materials Science / Physics) and possess some of the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the design, testing and multi-scale modelling of advanced composite and multifunctional materials integrated into large, complex engineering systems;
  • An understanding of Defence composite and multifunctional materials and the effect of the military environment in the design, modelling and development of complex material systems required in Defence environments;
  • Excellent collaborative skills with a demonstrated ability to work within multidisciplinary teams including partners and stakeholders;
  • An ability to engage with experts with diverse technical backgrounds and facilitate interdisciplinary communication to enable development of solutions for complex tasks;
  • A demonstrated ability to grow and sustain positive relationships with team members and constructively participate in team and group activities;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to represent an organisation at a national.

Application Closing Date: Thursday 1st December 2022

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/07239/22 on



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