First listed on: 13 May 2019

CSIRO Science Leader - Active Materials 

The Opportunity

  • Help overcome advanced manufacturing challenges around active and functional materials
  • Develop novel materials and manufacturing processes for achieving real-world functionality
  • Identify new directions and novel avenues for AM research with CSIRO – Australian Science, Australia’s Future!

As a Science Leader with CSIRO Manufacturing, you will be responsible for developing a new scientific research area and applied manufacturing capability within our Metal Industries research program. Metal Industries (MI) leads CSIRO’s research into advanced metal-based manufacturing processes and materials, in particular its metallic Additive Manufacturing (AM) work within its ‘Lab22’ Innovation Centre.

With a global industry accelerating beyond aerospace and biomedical niches, metal-based AM (also known as 3D printing) is now becoming mainstream. Research interest also continues to expand into fields as broad as computational modelling and in situ monitoring and control. As the field progresses, so does interest in making AM more functional through embedding functionality into components manufacturing and creating components that are themselves active in their environments. Your research will investigate fundamental science and develop industrial applications, in collaboration with partners within CSIRO and around the world, leading the establishment of an ongoing capability team with profound impact.

The program is directed towards mid-career researchers who have ~10 to 15 years of post PhD experience, and:

  • have established expertise and knowledge aligned to the strategic priority areas;
  • bring novel capability into CSIRO; and
  • develop cutting edge technology platforms not already in CSIRO.

As part of this key leadership role, you will

  • Lead the creation of new scientific research and advanced manufacturing capability in Australia.
  • Build a long-term strategy and roadmap for materials and applications opportunities globally.
  • Select and develop appropriate functional materials and the synthesis/manufacturing techniques to yield desired output.
  • Undertake chemical and structural characterisation, and mechanical testing.
  • Investigate and undertake performance testing of the embedded functions within the developed component.
  • Use expertise, knowledge and research experience/achievements to develop an approved research program and lead international research on computational materials science.
  • Anticipate industry and/or community needs and market direction and act as a trusted advisor to industry, collaborators, and partners.
  • Communicate research results through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.
  • Provide advice to policy makers and inform and transfer knowledge to non-scientific audiences.
  • Lead staff to ensure that suitable scientific directions are established and work is completed within the agreed parameters.
  • Undertake feasibility studies and introduce new directions and approaches.

Location:           Clayton (Melbourne) Victoria
Salary:               Attractive salary package offered
Tenure:             Indefinite with an initial five years specific science leader funding
Reference No.:  61746

A successful science leader will:

  • hold a PhD in Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, or related discipline, and have experience in the development functional compounds and materials;
  • have nowledge and experience in making metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) more functional, and be proficient in a range of materials characterisation techniques;
  • have a strong track record in scientific leadership, initiative and creativity;
  • be recognised by their peers as making a significant contribution in their field of science or engineering;
  • have a track record of translating scientific outcomes into impact;
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate at the intersection of disciplines;
  • bring an extensive network which they will actively share across the whole organisation, engaging and satisfying multiple stakeholders; and
  • have the ability to mentor a team of talented postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students and attract distinguished visiting researchers.

To discuss this pivotal role in more detail, click on the link to the brochure below and make contact now.



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 - CSIRO

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

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. D&I Strategy

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

Apply Online

Before applying, please call/email the contact person indicated in the brochure at the link above.  We ask that all candidates who intend to apply, prepare a one to three page (max) document outlining your vision for the active materials and embedding functionality into metal-based AM, highlighting the critical skills that you will bring to this role (see ‘How to Apply’ section in the Brochure at the link above).

Applications Close

Sunday 7 July, 2019 (11:59pm AEST)

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