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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($67,542.89 - $90,982.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent reputation, built over many decades at The University of Queensland. We deliver quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. Undergraduate teaching within the School focuses on the disciplines of chemical, biological, environmental and metallurgical engineering and postgraduate programs are available in growing fields including water, sustainable energy and petroleum engineering.

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About This Opportunity

The successful applicant will work on a research project funded by the Australian Research Council, which focuses on fundamental study on charge storage mechanism and transport kinetics of sodium ions in batteries and hybrid metal ion capacitors using computational methods. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with other research staff and PhD students. This research fellow will also be participating in PhD student supervision.

This position is located at the UQ St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7 km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate holds a PhD in the area of Applied Mathematics, Physics, Physical Chemistry, or related scientific field such as Material Science and Electrochemistry.  discipline.

Applicants need to have research experience on computational modelling and simulations of charge transport phenomena in both solid and liquid phases related to rechargeable batteries and electrochemical capacitors. Experience on using classical or ab initio molecular dynamics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of liquid electrolytes and quantum mechanical calculations is desirable.

We are seeking applicants who have demonstrated the following:

  • Experience and skills of computational methods/techniques for modelling and simulating charge transport and storage mechanism in sodium-ion capacitors and batteries.
  • Knowledge on transport phenomena at interface and in nanopores. 
  • Knowledge on colloidal science, nanoscience, and electrochemistry.
  • Skills in collecting, organization and quantitative analysis of research results.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, while taking the leading role in a specific project.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 2 years with possible extension for another 1-2 years depending on funding on Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $81,827.77-$90,982.26 plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 509078 Postdoctoral Research Fellow PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Prof George Zhao on

For any questions about the application process, please contact Recruitment at

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing responses to the Selection Criteria
  • Resume

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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