Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry

Canberra, Australia
12 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
06 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $71,107 – $88,446 plus 17% Superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing Contingent Funded, initial employment period of 2 years

  • Opportunity to work with experts in the area of bioinspired chemistry and 3D printing
  • Flexible work environment with attractive remuneration package

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and deliver a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities.  The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureate and Kyoto Prize winners and trained scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

Position overview

The Research School of Chemistry was founded in 1967.  Last year the School reached its 50th anniversary celebrating research excellence, remarkable international and industry collaborations, state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and facilities and progressive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, achieved by the contribution of all staff members.  The School currently divides its research into four themes; Biological chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry and Physical & Theoretical chemistry, and hosts 47 academic and 34 professional staff members and more than 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be located within the Synthetic Polymer Chemistry Group.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to one of the following research projects led by Dr Luke Connal.

Project 1. Bio-inspired catalyst design

Project 2. 3D-printing functional polymers

Project 1 is concerned with the design and experimental implementation of enzyme inspired catalysts for advanced industrial applications, whilst project 2 is focussed on the development of new polymer inks for 3D printing that can lead to advanced properties, such as shape and colour changing.

The successful candidates will have made progress towards, or completed a PhD in Polymer/Organic Chemistry or another related discipline.  Demonstrated research experience with a track record of independent research is essential. 

 The Research School of Chemistry and ANU College of Science are committed to improving the gender balance amongst staff and students in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering and Mathematics.  The School and College are committed to taking proactive action towards this goal by supporting and providing mentoring to early career female academics through their career goals.

The ANU provides a number of attractive benefits for eligible employees. We offer a family friendly work environment, various training programs, scholarships and career development and support options. Our scenic campus offers a range of convenient facilities including childcare centres, banks, a post office and chemist. We value and promote the health and wellbeing of all staff, and actively support an effective work/life balance.

For more information, please contact Dr Luke Connal on

Closing date: 6 May 2018

Position description:  Position Descriptions - Postdoctoral Fellow_RSC_CoS.pdf

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

Application information

All job application documents must be submitted on ANU Recruit –

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes 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.
  • Other documents, if required.

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

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