Research and Development Engineer

Feb 02, 2018
Feb 12, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time

The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling. With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies.

AIBN is committed to supporting the career growth of female researchers and have a number of initiatives to support females in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our AIBN Women in Science web site at

The role

To assist in establishing, operating and managing the processing capabilities of the Spinifex Nanocellulose Downstream Facility. The Research and Development Engineer will be responsible for developing and optimising scalable processing methods to convert spinifex grass feedstock into high-performance nanomaterials as well as assisting in managing the day-to-day operations of the pilot plant to produce various grades of Spinifex cellulose nanofibers (CNF) for commercial trials.

This position will be located at Long Pocket.

The person

Applicants should have a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials or Chemical Engineering with subsequent relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. Experience with polymers, processing techniques and associated material testing is essential. Your ability to interpret experimental data and troubleshoot techniques together with your experience in operating laboratory and processing equipment will see you succeed in this role.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.  Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Applications are also encouraged from women.  



This is a part-time (0.7 FTE), fixed term appointment for 12 months at HEW Level 6. The remuneration package will be in the range $51,944 - $55,975 p.a, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%. Total package will be in the range $60,774 – $65,490 p.a.




To discuss this role please contact Dr Celine Chaleat via email

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Advertising Closing Date

Sunday, 11 February 2018 at 11:55pm E. Australia Standard time

Reference: 502893

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