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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Residential Building Overheating in Australia

Date: 21-May-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering or Thermal Engineering?
  • Contribute to the development of rating criteria of Australian housing
  • 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.


CSIRO owns and developed the AccuRate software and Chenath thermal performance calculation engine which underpin the nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).  It has become increasingly clear that with the current rating methodology, high star rated dwellings can potentially be overheated especially during extreme hot weather conditions. This postdoctoral position will work with senior research scientists to better understand overheating and develop strategies for the software, scheme and industry to mitigate the effects of overheating in high star rated dwellings.

Your duties will include:

  • Conduct a systematic review to identify existing measures for assessing housing overheating.
  • Contribute to the development of rating criteria for Australian housing.
  • Designing weather files for overheating assessment.
  • Develop and conduct a comprehensive case study to investigate overheating issues of house stock in Australia. 
  • Contribute to the development of a strategy for energy efficient housing to avoid overheating.


Location:   Clayton, VIC preferred (Newcastle, NSW may be considered)

Salary:   AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:   Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  73969

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Architecture, Mechanical Engineering or Thermal 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.
  • Experience of building thermal performance simulation.
  • Good skills of large data analysis.
  • 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


Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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

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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

21 June 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT