Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARENA Project, Gas Sensing System

Hawthorn, Australia
29 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Australian Renewable Energy Agent (ARENA) Research and Development Program
  • Academic Level A: $87,227 + 17% super
  • 2 year fixed-term contract, Hawthorn location

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic, capable academic with a strong research background and experimental skills in devices, systems, nanomaterials, and sensing. As part of the ARENA project we aim to develop low-power, portable sensing system(s) to monitor hydrogen gas and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Novel nanomaterials will be synthesised and characterised for this project.

Their sensing performance – sensitivity, selectivity, and stability – will be key performance criteria. In addition, commercial physical sensors including temperature, humidity and pressure sensors will be integrated into the system for full monitoring of the process. As our Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you are expected to conduct independent research and work collaboratively with other staff and industry collaborators on this project. You will be reporting to principal supervisor, Dr Mahnaz Shafiei, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology for supervision and workload management. 

The position is fixed term, full time for two years with a potential of an additional one-year extension. 

About Swinburne 

Swinburne is a place where your work can impact the national economy and wellbeing of our society. We promote diversity, support career development, provide flexibility and offer competitive salary packages.

This project funded by Australian Renewable Energy Agent (ARENA) Research and Development Program will provide experimental validation and integrated modelling of a hybrid renewable energy pilot plant that utilises solar power, energy storage and non-potable water to produce, store, and use hydrogen. The project will utilise two existing solar array technologies and battery packs to power treatment of non-potable water and electrolysis of treated water to produce and use hydrogen for re-use within the facility and for export. A micro-grid controls all components and delivers performance data to enterprise level models of hybrid renewable energy (RE) systems. The project would also develop next generation technologies in electrolysis, energy storage and chemical sensing for integration with the pilot plant to benchmark against existing commercial standards.

The collaborative project involves Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Tokyo and industry partners Sumitomo Electric industries and Energy Developments Pty Limited.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A PhD in area relevant to Engineering, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, or Physics.
  • A strong track record of research in development of devices integrated with nanomaterials.
  • Experience with device/system fabrication, characterization and measurements.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) discounted memberships
  • Onsite health services
  • Private health insurance discounts
  • Salary package your car parking, superannuation and vehicle lease plans. It can help you get the most value from what you earn.

Discover more discounts when you start at Swinburne. Receive movie tickets and staff membership options at the Swinburne bookshop. Theres news subscriptions and computer and software discounts on offer. 

Further information and how to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2018 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

To view the position description or to start an application click on apply at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr Mahnaz Shafiei (Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow) via 

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Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 16th November 2018.