Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Corrosion and Biofouling

Swinburne University of Technology

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3-year, full time position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Role 
We are currently seeking a highly motivated and suitably qualified Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team for a research project focusing on biofouling and corrosion of marine vessels. This position is open to candidates from diverse engineering and scientific backgrounds, including materials engineering, marine science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, or microbiology.

The successful candidate will be involved in investigating the efficacy of Marine Growth Protection Systems (MGPS) in preventing fouling and corrosion in marine infrastructure. The research will focus on various performance indicators such as biofouling, abiotic corrosion, and microbiologically influenced corrosion, while considering operational parameters and environmental conditions that impact performance.

This project is funded by the ARC Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation, a leading research and training centre in Australia. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with the Chief Investigator and partner investigators at the Defence Science and Technology Group. Responsibilities include leading the design and execution of the research project in collaboration with the research team.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to innovative biofilm research and collaborate with industry partners in the maritime, water, and other industries. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing solutions to enhance efficiency in the maritime and defence sectors, water quality monitoring, and addressing health and safety issues related to biofilms.

Successful candidates must be eligible to gain an Australian Defence Clearance and meet International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Further information about this role can be found in the attached position description. 

About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 
  • Experience in performing laboratory tests relevant to marine corrosion
  • Experience in performing field tests relevant to marine corrosion
  • Experience with analytical techniques relevant to corrosion studies (e.g. SEM, XRD, optical microscopy, 3D optical profiling, water chemistry, etc.).
  • Ability to apply, adapt and develop methods relevant to the study of marine biofilms, including environmental microbiology techniques, or the demonstrated ability to acquire this expertise in the short-term

  • A PhD in a relevant area of metallurgy, corrosion, chemical engineering, chemistry, marine science/biology, microbiology, physics or other associated discipline
  • The level associated with this position requires a postgraduate degree

About Swinburne University of Technology 
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

•    Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
•    Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
•    Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
•    Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

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Applications Close: Monday 17th June 2024, 11pm 

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Victoria’s Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes 
As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

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