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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Hydrogen & Renewable Energy

Date: 02-Mar-2023

Job Location: Gladstone, QLD, AU

Company: Central Queensland University

About this Opportunity

  • Fixed Term (2 years), Full Time
  • Research Division
  • CQUniversity Gladstone
  • Total Remuneration $122,577 to $145,563 pa (including salary of $103,580 to $123,003 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • Attractive Relocation Package Available

Join an organisation with an unbreakable belief that quality education, training and research should be available to everyone – regardless of background, location or life circumstances.

Working at CQUniversity

Globally we are in the early stages of another industrial revolution driven by clean energy demand. Australia is ideally placed to take advantage of this through a long-term commitment to technology innovation and deployment, workforce training, skills development, and the translation of knowledge and know-how into practical, commercial solutions.


Gladstone and Central Queensland have immense advantages. We have the potential to become a global hub for the production of clean energy that will keep our existing industries competitive and create new local export opportunities.

The pace of change is unprecedented, and CQUniversity is committed to playing a leading role in facilitating collaboration across governments, experts and industry and providing world-class research, training and support to the emerging Hydrogen and renewable energy sectors.


CQU has formed a Centre for Hydrogen and Renewable Energies to support the diverse and ambitious range of projects in Gladstone and the region. Analysis shows that the Central Queensland region is a globally advantaged producer of clean energy, specifically Hydrogen.

This advantage has been recgonised by the formation of the NERA Gladstone Hydrogen Cluster and the Federal contribution of $70m towards Gladstone hydrogen hub deployment projects.


The Centre is based in the attractive waterfront CQUniversity Gladstone Marina Campus. Several research facilities are under development, an additional suite of Hydrogen Incubator spaces for process engineering, manufacturing and lab research is also becoming available. As a dual-sector university, CQUniversity also trains production, instrumentation, and control technicians for the surrounding heavy industry.

About the Role

CQUniversity are targeting multiple engineering and science research professionals, a facility engineer and a cohort of PhD students. 


You will form the nucleus of the new Centre and collaborate extensively with other research groups within CQUniversity, our key academic partners and Industry partners. Demand for skills and experience in clean energy is growing exponentially, as is our portfolio of potential projects. We seek applications from engineers and scientists who have experience related to clean energy or are seeking opportunities to pivot their careers into this growing new sector.


There will be opportunities to work with projects and campuses across our extensive operating footprint and partner network. As we work on applied industrial problems, our philosophy is that there should be an open door between industry and academia.


You will have the opportunity to work with world-class first-mover industrial projects, but Gladstone also boasts an enviable lifestyle. Major industrial infrastructure sits within a scenic landscape; it's no accident that boat ownership per person in Gladstone is amongst the highest in the world!

Position Requirements

  • Conducting research, the production of high impact publications from that research and presentation of work at international and national meetings.
  • Supervising major honours or postgraduate research projects within the field of the staff member’s area of research.
  • Hold doctoral qualifications or equivalent accreditation and standing together in the field of chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering with subsequent research experience and experience including a further cross discipline that supports renewable energy development.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in research areas of research strength and a willingness to engage in sourcing and obtaining external grants and industry collaboration contracts.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise, advise and consult with internal and external clients at all levels and maintaining positive client relationships.
  • You will be expected to hold vaccinations in relation to the COVID-19 immunisation should your CQUniversity role require you to attend any setting / venue / event where there is a specific entry requirement for you hold these vaccinations, as per relevant State Government directives.


Position Description


For further information about this position, please refer to the Position Description.

Apply today for a career that changes lives


Applications Close: 11:59pm, Sunday 02 April 2023


Job Requisition ID: 1831


Contact Details: 

Murray Shearer

(07)49 707 370


When submitting your application, please include: Your Current CV or Resume, and a 1-2 page Cover Letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience and suitability for the position. Please note, applicants for the position must have full time work rights.

CQUniversity is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes diversity in the workplace. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.