- Do you have a PhD in material science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials and process engineering?
- Take a lead role in the development of fundamental understanding of food extrusion systems
- Join our multi-disciplinary team for this exciting postdoctoral role
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.
We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO's Agriculture and Food Business Unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.
The CERC Fellow will develop predictive platforms that encompass flow properties and the physicochemical changes occurring during extrusion, complemented with mechanistic understanding from development and use of advanced computational models of extrusion, within an expert system for new product development, process optimisation and commercial scale up.
There is an urgent need to create mechanistic understanding, linking material properties, feed material structure and processing aspects to the final product attributes; to understand how all those complex thermo-physico-chemical reactions happen inside the extruder; and make the extrusion process less of a “black box”.
During their Fellowship, the CERC Fellow will develop an in-depth fundamental understanding of the food and feed material transformations during extrusion (e.g. the flow properties and the physical and chemical changes of the materials), build computational models able to predict complex flow, rheological and thermodynamic behaviours and an expert system (a collection of the extrusion engineering and industrial experiences and expertise with a user friendly human machine interface) to guide new product development, process optimisation and commercial scale up.