CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Robotic Additive Manufacturing

  • Contract
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
  • 3 year contract
  • April 15, 2021

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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in robotics, computer science, mechatronics or mechanical engineering?
  • Work with a world-class team in robotic metal additive manufacturing
  • Join CSIRO and kick-start your research career!

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.

In this postdoctoral fellowship, you will join the Deposition and Additive Structures Team at CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit. The team have built a world-class reputation in metal additive manufacturing using cold spray supersonic particle deposition.

As the successful candidate, you will develop novel slicing methods for robot tool path planning, which can be applied to cold spray. The robot program will be demonstrated on a curved aerospace component designed using the topology optimisation method developed by our research partners at A*STAR, Singapore. The manufactured parts will be analysed for porosity and defects using X-ray CT scanning and CSIRO’s Data Constrained Modelling (DCM) software. This research will contribute to novel ways of using robots to build complex metal components for a wide range of uses such as the aerospace industry and high-performance applications.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Developing a robot path planning technique for cold spray additive manufacturing to fabricate topology optimised test parts.
  • Designing of test components using the topology optimisation tool developed by A*STAR, under supervision of A*STAR researchers.
  • Producing test parts in CSIRO’s cold spray laboratory.
  • Analysing test parts using X-ray CT and CSIRO’s DCM method.

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as such as Robotics, Computer Science, Mechatronics or Mechanical Engineering. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated applied mathematics skills in a relevant area such as path planning or robot programming.
  • Demonstrated hands on computer programming experience in a high-level language such as C/C++.
  • High-level communication skills including the ability to present research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound publication record in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


At CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

Applications Close

15 March 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

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