First listed on: 26 April 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology

The Opportunity

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer - kick-start your research career.
  • Join CSIRO Data61 for this exciting postdoctoral fellowship

The role is to enhance the scientific capabilities of CSIRO solar group in CST (Concentrated Solar Thermal) area and to support its commercialisation activities. This will include the modelling and experimental investigation of solar collector systems (such as heliostat field and receiver), optimisation of their efficiencies and investigation of novel approaches for the design of solar plants.
The research project is mostly funded by ASTRI (Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative), which advances the research on solar thermal technologies in Australia and aims at a substantial reduction of costs to harness solar energy.

Your duties will include

  • Numerical modelling and optimisation of CST subsystems such as heliostat field optics and receiver geometry.
  • Numerical modelling and experimental investigation of hydrodynamics and heat transfer associated with solar receivers and heat exchangers.
  • Assist with the development of CSIRO’s proprietary CST software tools: 
    • HelioControl (heliostat field control and calibration system), 
    • Heliosim (integrated heliostat field and receiver modelling and optimisation software).
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 

Location:        Newcastle, NSW
Tenure:          Specified term of 3 years 
Salary:           AU$83K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61587

To be successful you will need:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as engineering, physics or computer science.
    • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience with conjugate heat transfer systems involving radiation, convection and conduction.
  • Familiarity with numerical methods and optimisation algorithms.
  • Proficiency in scientific computer coding. 
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including publishing in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, and presenting at national and/or international conferences.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For more information please view the Position Description.
We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Sunday, 26th May, 2019.

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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