First listed on: 23 February 2019

Research Scientist - Materials Science/Engineering 

The Opportunity

  • Can you take a leading role in developing new metal-based composite materials?
  • Use your skills to deliver immediate and long-term impact to current and future Australian industry!
  • Join CSIRO Manufacturing and make a difference!

CSIRO Manufacturing is expanding into new research areas including metal-based composite materials that can exhibit structural properties superior to metal materials and so can be utilised for a variety of advanced applications such as sensing, thermal management, radiation shielding and embedded intelligence within Additively Manufactured structures.

We are seeking a Research Scientist – Material Science/Engineering to join the Metal Industries program team. In this exciting role, you will work with engineers and scientists to take a leading role in this new R&D field. You will use your expertise to develop the science which underpins these materials and contribute to the generation of experimental datasets.

Your duties will include

  • Planning and designing composite structures consisting of metal foils, metal hydrides, in situ formed carbon networks, binders etc.
  • Exploring, establishing and combining the multiple processing technologies for fabricating the composite structures.
  • Conducting absorption and desorption of hydrogen in metal-based materials to establish the dependence of the hydrogen loading on microstructures and processing conditions.
  • Characterising materials by a range of analytical technics such as optical microscopy and spectroscopy, electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis (DTA, DSC) and chemical analysis.
  • Carrying out mechanical property testing at ambient and elevated temperatures, including tensile, fatigue and wear properties when needed.

Location:      Melbourne (Clayton) VIC
Salary:          AU$97k - AU$105k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Reference:    60555

To be successful you will need

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent research experience) in Materials Science/Engineering or related discipline coupled with experience in some or all of the following: metal composites or structural materials, microstructure and property evaluation/analysis, materials fabrication, phase transformation, heat transfer and thermal analysis.
  • Technical and scientific knowledge of developing metal-based materials and their fabrication processes (especially light metal materials) and an understanding of the relationships between composition, processing, material properties and performance.
  • An understanding of the correlation between microstructures, processing, properties and working environment.
  • Experience in mechanical testing as well as metal-based materials testing at room and elevated temperatures.
  • A history of customising, or understanding of, data acquisition systems, analysing thermal data, and processing data into the formats that analytical and statistical modelling can utilise.
  • Proficiency in a range of materials characterisation and chemical analysis techniques. For example, optical microscopy and spectroscopy, electron microscopy, chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction and thermal testing (DTA, DSC).

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

24 March 2019

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