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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Computed Materials Chemistry

Date: 08-Sep-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Quantum Physics, Quantum Computing, Computer Science, or Quantum Chemistry?
  • Want to join the Quantum Technologies Future Science Platform?
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific 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 Quantum Technologies Future Science Platform (QT-FSP) aims to establish and grow capacity in quantum technology research and development at CSIRO and is part of a larger strategic investment in Quantum at CSIRO. The opportunity we are seizing leverages existing expertise while extending into new, uncharted areas of discovery in quantum science and technology.


In this project, the CERC fellow will work with the project team to develop methods and software for simulating molecules and materials using near-term quantum computers. This will include a focus on hybrid methods that combine quantum computing and traditional high-performance computing, and on chemical systems that exhibit strong correlation effects. This project presents an exciting opportunity for the CERC Fellow to work at the cutting edge of quantum technology applications, and be part of our growing community of quantum scientists.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have an interest in industrial application of quantum technologies, in solving problems that may have real commercial value, and in making an impact to better the lives of Australians. These areas of focus represent the biggest challenge facing the evolution of “quantum technologies” into a bona fide industry: identifying applications where quantum advantage can be achieved.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research on the development of an innovative quantum software platform that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and utilising opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within the team and across CSIRO.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.


Location:  Clayton, VIC

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

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  81843

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Quantum Physics, Quantum Computing, Computer Science, or Quantum Chemistry. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • 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.
  • 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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

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

10 October 2022, 11:00pm AEDT