Postdoctoral Fellow - Coke Making

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Coke Making

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The Position
CSIRO Process Science and Engineering are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Post-doctoral Research Fellow who will be part of a multi-disciplinary High-Temperature Processing group based at the CSIRO Process Science and Engineering Laboratory in Melbourne Australia.
Specifically you will:
Develop a sound understanding of chemistry and physics of coke formation from biomass-coal mixtures
Develop approaches to increase the amount of renewable carbon incorporated into metallurgical coke
Design an experimental apparatus, conduct the experiments and interpret the data obtained
Communicate the results of the research to the group and to a broader scientific community in the form of presentations, reports and papers in scientific journals; and
Develop collaborative links to other research groups (within Australia and overseas) with expertise in cokemaking.

Location: Clayton, Victoria
Salary: $73K - $80K pa plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Ref No: 2010/946
Tenure: 2 years
To be successful you will have:
PhD degree (or will shortly satisfy the requirements for a PhD degree) in Metallurgy/Materials Science/Chemistry/Chemical Engineering or related discipline focused on cokemaking;
A Strong background knowledge of chemical and physical processes occurring with coal blends during coking; and
An ability to design and conduct high-temperature experiments.

About CSIRO:
Australia is founding its future on science and innovation. Its national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is a powerhouse of ideas, technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments, industries, business and communities.
CSIRO is committed to introducing leading edge, environmentally friendly technologies and advanced materials to Australian industry. Our aim is to use our world class science to develop new technologies and contribute to the advancement of this new global research area.

About the Research
Adding renewable carbon (carbon derived from biomass) to metallurgical coke is considered to be a preferred approach to achieving a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions by iron and steel industry. The main challenge to overcome in this way is the deterioration of the mechanical properties of coke formed from coal-biomass mixtures. Known techniques permit the addition of no more than 5% of biomass originated carbon to fossil coal without substantial reduction in mechanical properties of the coke produced.
There is an urgent need to develop approaches to increasing the amount of renewable carbon incorporated into metallurgical coke beyond the limit of 5%.
For further information and to apply online for the position of Postdoctoral Fellowship - Coke Making please visit our website at, choose "Positions Vacant" and insert Reference Number 2010/946 where indicated.
Applications close: 4 February 2011