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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catalysis Engineering

Camperdown, Australia
$105,350 - $112,462 p.a + 17% superannuation
Closing date
17 Apr 2024

Job Details

  • Full time 2-year fixed term opportunity with possibility of extension. Located at the Faculty of Engineering on the Camperdown Campus
  • Exciting opportunity to research into the development of nanocatalysts and zeolites for their application in CO2 capture & conversion or reforming
  • Base Salary (Level A) $105,350 - $112,462 p.a + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney, established in 1946, offered the first university-level chemical engineering program in Australia. The School is committed to teaching excellence and our graduates are highly regarded and sought after by employers in Australia and overseas. The School is research-intensive and considered a world leader in many cutting edge areas of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

This is an exciting opportunity from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catalysis Engineering to join Professor Jun Huang's dynamic catalysis group and work for green-house gas capture and conversion as well as sustainable hydrogen production.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work with the supervisory team to design and fabricate new nanocatalysts
  • optimise and scale up the synthesis of catalyst materials
  • design and set up reaction process and characterisation equipment necessary for research
  • carry out experiments to evaluate catalysts and reactors
  • analyse and interpret data to write publications and prepare proposals
  • utilise both internal and external networks to broaden expertise and guide delivery of project objectives.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catalysis Engineering who has:

  • a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials or related field
  • expertise in the synthesis of nanocatalysts and/or zeolites
  • knowledge and experience in advanced catalysts and/or porous materials characterisation methodologies, such as solid-state NMR, microscopy, and in-situ spectroscopy
  • strong teamwork skills that are suitable for a research group that includes a mixture of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs and senior academic staff, under the direction of a supervisor
  • good written (e.g. technical reports and scientific journal publications) and oral communication skills
  • an excellent track record in scientific journal publications
  • demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

To apply for this position, please address the above criteria in a cover letter and attach to your application.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Wednesday 17 April 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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