Research Fellow, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Canberra, Australia
17 May 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $98,009 - $111,365 plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (2 years)

  • Join a prestigious research group and participate in world-leading research in the concentrating solar thermal field
  • Develop novel technologies to ensure solar thermal is competitive with other renewable and traditional energy sources
  • Participate in basic technology research, technology demonstration, and system-level analyses, and work closely with industry partners for solar thermal technology deployment

College overview

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is dedicated to contributing to The Australian National University’s reputation for excellence in research and research-led education, bringing together expertise across a range of areas to reimagine the role of engineering and computing for future generations. CECS is a diverse and vibrant community dedicated to discovery and to making knowledge matter. Our academics and students are engaged in ground-breaking, cutting-edge research, in exciting areas such as renewable energy, robotics, telecommunications, biomaterials, human-machine interaction, and artificial intelligence.

The Solar Thermal Group (STG), part of the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering (RSEEME), has a 40 year history of experimentally-driven work in the field of solar thermal energy, with around 30 research staff and students. The group maintains the 500 m2 Big Dish as a full-scale experimental CSP facility, and has recently commissioned a new solar thermochemistry laboratory including a 45 kWe high-flux solar simulator. STG conducts research and education in the broad area of solar thermal energy conversion and related basic and applied disciplines. The main applied research themes are concentrating solar technologies for power generation and production of fuels and commodity materials, solar heating and cooling, and system integration. The basic research spans across optics, photonics, radiative transfer, thermal sciences, chemistry, and materials science.

Position overview

This research-intensive position is in the concentrating solar thermal (CST) field, and contributes to research within a number of ANU-led projects.  These projects are primarily funded under the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI), which has the mission to support, develop and demonstrate the components and integrated systems to rapidly enable economically feasible CST power generation. ASTRI has a strong focus on technology advancement, and pilot-scale demonstration of high-temperature CST technologies. The position is defined by the objectives of these ASTRI projects, a key component of which is the design and development of high-temperature sodium receiver technologies and heliostat technologies. This requires experience in ray optics, numerical modelling, heat transfer, programming ability in common languages (e.g. Python, C, C++), and aptitude for experimental data analysis & interpretation. A second part of the role is to contribute to research within a separate ARENA-funded project, which concerns the development of an automated visual inspection system for both CSP and PV power plants, in particular  development of  analytical tools and software for measurement of soiling levels.

The ANU provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, please visit

To enquire about this position please contact Joe Coventry on Phone: (02) 6125 2643 or email:

Closing date: 16 June 2019

Position description: Research Fellow

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

External Application form – sponsorship may be considered.

Applicants must apply online via the ANU recruitment portal and should upload the following separate documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae including a full publication list and the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.