Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering

The University of Sydney - School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Reference No. 2527/1217

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking.
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience.
  • Full-time, fixed-term for 1 year (further offer up to 12 months, subject to funding and performance); Remuneration package: $106K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation.

About the opportunity

This position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project. We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow with expertise in metal-ion battery and carbon materials to undertake research on the charging mechanisms of carbon electrode materials in metal-ion batteries towards developing efficient energy storage devices. Suitably qualified applicants should have demonstrated experience in the synthesis of carbon materials, the assembly and characterisation of metal ion batteries, publishing in high impact scientific journals. Additional skills in solid-state NMR and modelling of ion transport phenomena will be ideal for this position.

You will be expected to:

  • Manage own academic research and administrative activates. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.
  • Adopt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols.
  • Train postgraduate and undergraduate students on scientific techniques and experimental protocols.
  • Undertake comprehensive and systematic literature reviews and write up the results for publication in high-impact journals.
  • Prepare journal articles based on experimental results for publication on high-impact journals.
  • Develop new research ideas and present detailed research proposals for competitive research grant or fellowship applications.
  • Ensure that all aspects of the research program are conducted according to WHS regulations.

About you

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Engineering.

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • a PhD in chemistry (electrochemistry)/chemical engineering/material science and engineering (or other closely related field) from a reputable institution;
  • a good track record of publications in top journals (i.e. on journals with an impact factor above 10);
  • experience in metal (i.e. sodium) ion battery assembly and characterisation;
  • experience in carbon material synthesis and material characterisation, e.g., SEM/TEM/XRD/physisorption, etc.;
  • experience in solid-state NMR and modelling of ion transport phenomena;
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills with high level of competency in both written and spoken English.

The position is full-time, fixed-term for one year, further offers up to 12 months depending on funding. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7,600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 21 January 2018 Sydney Time.

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