- Do you have a PhD in chemical engineering, civil engineering, mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, environmental engineering, or materials science and engineering?
- Keen to lead innovation of high-impact research in a large, multidisciplinary team with well-established collaborations?
- Access major, state-of-the-art facilities including Intelligent Leaching Column facilities and the Australian Synchrotron
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.
The unsustainable use of natural resources has led to excessive emissions of different pollutants including carbon dioxide and alkaline solid wastes (coal ash, red mud, steel and iron slag, mine tailings, etc.). Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to global warming and most alkaline residue waste ends up in landfill, where it contaminates soil, water and air.
We have recently proposed and validated a new concept - Integrated CO2 Absorption and Mineralization (IAM). The IAM technology can potentially combine carbon capture from industries and the ambient air with mineralisation into one short, efficient, thus low-cost process, turning CO2 and solid wastes to carbonates, valuable construction materials and locking away CO2 permanently. This project represents outstanding opportunities for the CERC Fellow to gain a fundamental understanding of the new process and through science and engineering innovation and further to advance the new technology which has the potential to contribute significantly to a circular economy nationally and internationally.
The CERC Fellow’s research strongly aligns with a range of strategic priorities for CSIRO Energy, the Permanent Carbon Locking Future Science Platform and the Towards Net Zero Mission. These include industrial decarbonisation, environmental performance, and technologies supporting a circular economy. The CERC Fellow will lead the project, explore research opportunities, apply for additional funding, engage customers and supervise students. This will help establish the Fellow as a highly independent leader who will build global scientific and business network by working at CSIRO Newcastle and Clayton.