First listed on: 12 November 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowship 

The Opportunity
  • Are you an early career researcher?
  • Work alongside world-class researchers on perovskite solar cells!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology 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.

The successful candidate will work within a broader research team on an industry focused project. The project team seeks to demonstrate a scalable process for thin-film perovskite photovoltaic (PV) cell and module fabrication, using patented CSIRO NexGen Solar® technology. This project will optimise a perovskite thin-film semiconductor single-junction cell that will ultimately form the top-cell junction in a tandem cell architecture.

In this position you will undertake research in experimental development to scale-up and optimise a process for perovskite thin-film solar cell deposition from test-cells to a prototype series connected mini-module. The chemical process combines the use of established industrial coating techniques including physical vapour deposition, atmospheric chemical vapour deposition, sputter deposition and atomic layer deposition. Highly desirable qualities of the successful candidate include the ability to think independently, develop fundamental reaction concepts, contribute to team objectives, a working knowledge of perovskite solar cells and their application to next generation advanced photovoltaic technologies such as perovskite-silicon tandem cells.

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 progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.

Location: Newcastle, NSW
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 70426

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemistry, Material Science or Chemical/Electrical 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.

  • A demonstrated cross-disciplinary approach to science.
  • A 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.
  • Have a record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


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

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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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

Wednesday 25th November 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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