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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in 3D Bioprinting

Date: 04-Feb-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Have you previously conducted research in synthetic chemistry?
  • Do you have an interest in 3D bioprinting & tissue engineering?
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and 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.

Bioprinting is an emerging option for tissue engineering that combines living cells and supportive biomaterials into pre-specified computer-generated designs. Whilst bioprinting holds much promise to ultimately fabricate replacement tissue and organs, the required bioengineering is complex, challenged by different material requirements for both printing and the inclusion of living cells. The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop novel polymer formulations (bio-inks) for use in 3D bioprinting of cell constructs. 

In this position, you will undertake research as a Postdoctoral Fellow where you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team comprising cell biologists, materials scientists and chemists within CSIRO as well as engineers in partner research institution, University of Wollongong. We anticipate that this position will provide the fellow with outstanding training opportunities in the fields of 3D bioprinting and tissue engineering. In addition, there is scope for commercial engagement for those applications that are proven to be industrially useful.

Your duties will include:

  • Designing, synthesising, formulating and characterising novel polymer formulations (bio-inks) for 3D bioprinting. 
  • Evaluating the performance and optimising the 3D printing and cell culturing of cell laden constructs.
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborative links with clinicians and industry.


Location: Melbourne (Clayton), VIC

Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 71232

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as organic and/or polymer chemistry, pharmaceutical science, material science, and biomedical or chemical 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.
  • To be able to conduct innovative research in synthetic chemistry (organic, polymer, biomaterials, pharmaceutical, and/or biomedical).
  • Experience in general characterisation techniques, such as NMR, SEC, FTIR, UV-Vis, and tissue culture of cells and in vitro assays.
  • Experience with, and understanding of, material characterisation techniques (i.e. rheology, DMTA, DSC, SEC etc) as well microscopy (optical, SEM,confocal). 


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.


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide your CV, as well as a cover that demonstrates your motivation for the role and a response to each of the selection criteria as listed in the position description.

Applications Close

Monday 15th March, 2021 11:00pm AEST