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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioelectronic Interfaces - the Next Frontier for Medical Devices

Date: 30-Dec-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in chemistry, materials science, biomedical science or a related discipline?
  • Keen to be involved in the next generation of medical devices?
  • Join our Manufacturing Team in Melbourne for this exciting postdoctoral opportunity


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.


Medical devices have contributed significantly to extending life expectancy and to improving the quality of life. At this point in time though, most of the existing devices have reached maturity in the sense that they cannot be improved much further. However, their ability to communicate with the human body remains in its infancy. It is at the interface between next generation medical devices and biology where the most significant advances in the field are expected over the next 20 years.

Building on the world class capability and infrastructure available to the research team assembled for this project, an exceptionally supportive research environment, an established network of academic and industry collaborators, and an outstanding track record related to the field of biomedical devices, the CERC Fellow will have an opportunity to make significant contributions to the field of bioelectronic interfaces and emerge as a recognised leader in this area.

The CERC Fellow will answer several key scientific questions related to bioelectronic interfaces and develop novel platform technologies. These include establishing a comprehensive understanding of host-electrode interactions, the synthesis of polymers suitable for the control of interfacial interactions, the application of coatings and the release of drugs modulating the biological response. Moreover, the CERC Fellow will evaluate the ability to achieve effective bioelectronic sensing and stimulation over a clinically meaningful time frame in suitable in vitro and in vivo models.


Your duties will include:

  • Development of novel electrode materials and coatings that can achieve improved bioelectronic sensing or stimulation
  • Evaluation of the biological response to bioelectronic interfaces in vitro and in vivo
  • Communicating effectively with a highly interdisciplinary team and with external partners
  • Undertaking regular reviews of the relevant literature and patents
  • Producing high quality scientific reports suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and patent applications
  • Preparing high quality presentations for internal meetings, conferences and meetings with external partners


Location:   Clayton, Victoria

Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 79698

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, materials science, biomedical science or related disciplines. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in biomaterials and biomedical devices.
  • Demonstrated experience in surface modification and analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in electrode materials used for sensing or stimulation.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 30 June 2022.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and may be subject to other security/medical/character check requirements. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.


Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT