Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry) - Smart Energy Coating Development | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Position Summary

Are you a high-performing chemistry graduate looking to pursue an industry funded Master of Industrial Research program? Are you interested in being the key developer of new materials and coatings for smart energy management? The University of Melbourne invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified graduate students to pursue this exciting industry-focused project.

The proposed project will involve the development of a coating that is able to capture solar energy. The coating will be designed to absorb a wide range of wavelengths of solar radiation and be able to convert this energy into a usable form. The coating will be applied to a solar collector, which will be connected to energy consuming units to show the application. To develop the coating, the student will conduct a series of experiments to test various materials and formulations. We will test the coatings in a laboratory setting, and then build a prototype solar collector to test the coating in the field. We will also analyse the economic feasibility of the technology and its potential market.

The successful candidate will be primarily based at Dulux Australia in Clayton, Victoria, for the research component and will be part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. The coursework component will be delivered at The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

Selection Criteria

  • BSc with major in chemistry with preference for physical, polymer, and/or materials chemistry;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated organisational skills, time management and ability to work to priorities;
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities;
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Salary Level: $34,627 per year pro-rata stipend is available to successful applicants. Domestic students are exempt from paying tuition fees through the Australian Government Research Training Program.

Employment Type: Graduate stipends are available for 2 years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Contact: Associate Professor Wallace Wong, Tel +61 3 9035 6154 | Email:

Key dates: We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible with expression of interest due 17 November 2023.