Postdoctoral Fellowships


ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials

Swinburne University of Technology


Work type: Up to 3-year fixed term contract
Salary: Level A6 plus 17% super
Department: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM)
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Location: Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia


About SEAM

Swinburne University of Technology is host to the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM). Surface engineering for advanced materials powers the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of Australian manufacturing. The spectrum of applications ranges from thin films to thick coatings and additive layered materials. SEAM aspires to be the model centre that integrates industry-university cooperation for applied training within an industrial setting. SEAM will provide pathways for job creation in manufacturing through improved products by application of surface engineering. The outcomes of our applied research and IP creations will advance commercial ventures for entrepreneurs.

About the role

SEAM is looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow with competitive research track records, demonstrated ability of building relationships with industry partners, and experience working across disciplines, contexts and sectors.

You will be responsible for conducting research to ensure that the project achieves its milestones, be involved in the development of resources for the project, training new research team members, liaison with the industry partners, and other project duties as directed by the Project Leaders. You will report your current research results in both written and oral form and author scientific research publications in leading international journals.

You will work closely with several SEAM industry partners to develop new projects, lead development of a major research program, and assist in building SEAM into a world-class initiative focused on surface engineering.

You will work on research outcomes that deliver significant real impact to SEAM’s industry partners and to the research community in line with the objectives and strategic vision of SEAM, the University and the ARC.

About you

  • You will have completed a PhD degree in materials science, chemistry, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or related disciplines;
  • You have a background in PVD coating process, wear resistant materials, and industry experience;
  • Significant experience with thermal spray, corrosion, wear, composites – possibly some microbiology experience;
  • Experience in chemical analysis and materials characterisation techniques, such as SEM, TEM, EDS, XPS, XRD, AFM, Raman, and Nano-indentation;
  • Experience with the use of advanced fabrication and analysis tools;
  • Demonstrated success in contributing to high-impact research, and capacity to conduct high-quality research in terms of publications in internationally recognised peer-reviewed leading journals;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including preparation of progress and technical reports;
  • Experience in paper presentation of your research outcomes at conferences, seminars;
  • You are a self-motivated leader and can also work well in a team.

Position Description link.

Submit an application

Submit your application as one PDF file, and include the following:

  1. One-page cover letter summarising your academic background, research interests, and motivation for applying;
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including names and organisation of two referees;
  3. Copy of your academic transcripts;
  4. Response to the Key Selection Criteria (outlined in Position Description);

Email your one file PDF to Attention: SEAM Selection Committee

Closing date
Applications will close when a candidate is selected.


Further information

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Details on the Application process

Swinburne and SEAM value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and candidates from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact