First listed on: 25 June 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers for Mobile Applications

The Opportunity
  • Like the idea of working on developing a hydrogen-powered vehicle?
  • Work on developing a zero-emissions mobile LOHC technology platform
  • Establish novel flow chemistry processes using our CSM technology

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.

In this position you will develop a working concept of a hydrogen-powered vehicle using liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs) as hydrogen supply, coupled with a proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The focus of the research will lie on a novel catalytic converter for the dehydrogenation of LOHCs and in-situ production of hydrogen. The Fellow will establish novel flow chemistry processes using CSIRO’s Catalytic Static Mixer (CSM) technology and will aim to make advancements in catalyst materials, reactor design and the additive manufacturing of reactor components. The objective of this project is to develop a zero-emissions mobile LOHC technology as part of a national effort towards an Australian Hydrogen Economy. The project will offer the Fellow the opportunity to develop a range of relevant industry skills and the chance to pursue innovative thinking and research within a multi-disciplinary team.

Your duties will include:
  • Conducting experiments on the reverse cycle hydrogenation / dehydrogenation of LOHCs in a thermal chemical process using novel 3D printed structured catalysts.
  • Designing a continuous flow catalyst system for testing of different catalyst materials and geometries and for optimising the LOHC (de-)hydrogenation processes to surpass process efficiencies of conventional catalyst technologies, such as packed bed systems.
  • In collaboration with a team of CSIRO researchers, developing an integrated solution containing the LOHC dehydrogenation unit and a PEM fuel cell, with optimised heat management.

Location: Clayton, Victoria
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 67574

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as chemical engineering, process engineering or renewable energy engineering. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in heterogeneous and/or homogeneous catalysis.
  • Experience in continuous flow processing/flow chemistry.
  • Strong experience in experimental design, development of experimental equipment and analysis and interpretation of experimental results.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2020/January 2021.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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 August 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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