Postdoctoral fellowships

We give PhD graduates an opportunity to work with leaders in the field of science, as well as offering generous personal development and learning opportunities.

We're committed to the development of the next generation of scientists and engineers. Postdoctoral fellowships are one of the ways we achieve this.

Dr Lars Kamphuis completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2010 and continues to work at CSIRO © CSIRO, Carl Davies

Postdoctoral fellowships enable PhD graduates in scores of science or engineering disciplines to have their first career experience in one of our world class laboratories, under the supervision of leading scientists working on projects of national or global significance.

We offer postdoctoral fellowships to:

  • Provide young scientists with the opportunity to gain experience in order to develop capability for the nation;
  • Assist universities to produce a pool of potential employees for CSIRO and the nation;
  • Refresh and add value to our research activities through original insights, new knowledge and/or techniques; and
  • Identify and recruit potential science leaders.

A postdoctoral fellowship is intended, first and foremost, to enhance the research capabilities of our entry level scientists and engineers so they are better able to pursue a career in science, either within CSIRO or elsewhere.

Fellowships are awarded for research in our science business units and in the National Facilities and Collections we manage.


Fellowships are available to PhD graduates who have attained a PhD degree or who have submitted a doctoral thesis and are awaiting results. The study discipline must be related to our research. Applicants must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.

We will sponsor overseas applicants who are eligible for appointment to obtain an Australian work visa. Appointment is subject to immigration requirements and security assessments being met.

Special features

Postdoctoral fellowships are designed to equip new graduates to embark on careers as independent researchers:

  • A single term appointment as a postdoctoral fellow is for up to three years full-time or equivalent. Consecutive appointments as a postdoctoral fellow may be offered, provided that on completion of the second fellowship, the total relevant work experience since confirmation of the doctorate does not exceed six years.
  • A training and development plan is developed in consultation with the postdoctoral fellow around the time of commencement. Plans generally encompass both on and off job training components and are designed to facilitate the development of the fellow's capabilities to those of expected of an independent researcher. Opportunities will be provided for the fellow to apply those capabilities in their work, as they develop.
  • The training and development plan will include defined opportunities for formal involvement in research planning, conference attendance, publication and review of scientific papers and fully funded training courses for skills development.

When to apply

Most of our postdoctoral fellowships are advertised on an individual basis as opportunities arise throughout the year.


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