First listed on: 12 May 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship Future Science Platforms in Microbattery development

  • Are you a highly motivated recent (or near) PhD graduate with expertise in electrochemistry or similar?
  • Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer - kick-start your research career
  • Join CSIRO Mineral Resources - help grow Australia's resource base

The Position

Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers, who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

CSIRO has recently established a new Future Science Platform (FSP) to develop a standardized, scalable sensor platform. The FSP aims to use this platform in wearable, ingestible and implantable applications for real-time health monitoring. Such a platform will also find use in a wide variety of other applications as well. More specifically, the project is a coordinated approach to develop what all sensing platforms must have: a power source, a programmable micro-chip (or microcontroller) and a memory, a telemetry gateway and software addressing specific needs (e.g., data privacy, security).

The Electrochemical Processing team in CSIRO Mineral Resources is focussed on developing the power source for this sensor platform. More specifically, it is developing innovative microbatteries that have the potential to deliver the necessary energy requirements to drive miniaturised sensors coupled with telemetry. Microbatteries can overcome the problem of diminishing energy storage capacity for a reduced housing space by exploiting the use of complex (nano)architectured electrodes to increase energy storage capacity per unit volume while maintaining a small footprint area. The nature of the battery design introduces some key research challenges which includes:

  • Sophisticated fabrication strategies are required to integrate (thin, conformal and contiguous films) of each of the battery materials into a complex battery architecture.
  • Development and application of the essential electrolyte technology to suit compositional and geometrical properties of the electrodes.
  • The microbattery manufacturing process must be compatible with the integrated circuit technology

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join CSIRO Mineral Resources and work with our collaborators in CSIRO Energy, Manufacturing and Data61 to deliver microbatteries by executing the agreed battery design strategy. The successful candidate will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of electrochemists, synthetic chemists, modellers and engineers to help with project delivery. We are therefore seeking to recruit a scientist with multi-disciplinary skills (electrochemistry, synthetic chemistry and materials chemistry) to conduct cutting-edge research.

Location: Clayton, VIC
Salary: AU $78K - AU $88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 39496

A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as electrochemistry, electroanalytical chemistry, electrochemical engineering, material chemistry and synthetic chemistry.
Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

Before applying, we encourage you to read the full position description for this role. This document can be viewed at:

Position details document

How to Apply:  To apply, please provide a CV as well as a cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, and upload these as one document. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, Thursday 8th June 2017

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