Share this Job

Research Scientist - Optical, Photonics and Quantum Biosensing

Date: 18-Jan-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Interested in working on novel biosensing approaches?
  • Contribute to CSIRO's Biomedical Manufacturing Research Program
  • Great company culture and team environment



CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit brings together multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities using world-class infrastructure to partner with industry in order to develop innovative products and processes to allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable. The Biomedical Manufacturing Research Program works with biomedical companies to deliver new medical treatments and technologies that benefit millions of people in Australia and overseas, helping them live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

The successful candidate will work on novel biosensing approaches, including in particular optical, photonics and quantum based approaches. The biosensor device manufacturing will include work at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN). The successful candidate will work closely with industry partners on the translation of these technologies. This translation will be facilitated by CSIRO’s Biomedical Materials Translational Facility (BMTF). Moreover, the successful candidate will work closely with CSIRO’s Infectious Disease Resilience (IDR) Mission and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Mission.


Your duties will include:

  • Designing and manufacturing of optical, photonics and quantum based biosensors with ultra-high sensitivity for the detection of a broad range of biomarkers and pathogens.
  • Developing next-generation optical, photonics and quantum based transducer platforms that are suitable for integration into biosensors.
  • Developing novel technologies enabling improved selectivity and sensitivity including nanostructured materials and coatings
  • Detailed characterisation and validation experiments.
  • Evaluating biological responses in vitro and in vivo.
  • Under limited direction, assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation. 



Location: Clayton, VIC

Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 80281

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Biomedical Science or related disciplines.
  • Relevant postdoctoral research experience in the field of diagnostic technologies.
  • Relevant postdoctoral research experience in the field of optical, photonics and/or quantum based biosensing methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team.
  • Proven ability to collaborate widely with diverse stakeholders both within the organisation and externally.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this position you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or hold a valid working visa for the duration of the contract without requiring sponsorship and are already residing in Australia.

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

Sunday 6 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT