First listed on: 15 July 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in optimisation and control of energy systems

The Opportunity
  • Are you an early career researcher?
  • Take part in research efforts into new energy-network models
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation

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 role, you will develop new energy-network models and control methods for the optimal management of variable renewable electricity generation and storage in low-voltage electricity grids. The Fellow will create new science, software and technology to optimally design and operate safe, reliable and efficient lower-emission electricity grids in the future.

Your duties will include:
  • Develop new mathematical models for power flows in low-voltage electricity networks with connected distributed flexible loads, energy-storage systems and PV generators.
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Develop new tools and metrics to quantify trade-offs of different degrees in the decentralisation of grid control mechanisms.

Location: Newcastle, NSW
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 67708

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as electrical engineering, computer science, mathematical modelling, control systems, applied statistics, or equivalent. 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 understanding and experience on theoretical and practical aspects of power networks operation or demand side management including HVAC controls.
  • Research experience in modelling, control and optimisation of distributed energy resources and storage systems.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications 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.

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

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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.

Applications Close

Wednesday 12th August 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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