Senior Research Engineer

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 05 May 2024

  • $97,113 to $108,813 pa (HEW7)
  • Fixed Term, Full time
  • Joondalup Campus

$97,113 to $108,813 pa (HEW 7)


At ECU, we believe in creating a vibrant and progressive community committed to excellence in education and research. We offer a supportive environment that fosters innovation and collaboration, with state-of-the-art facilities and strong industry links. 

The School of Engineering are currently at the forefront of an industry-funded initiative, revolutionising the future of electric vehicle batteries. Our mission is to transform the landscape of battery reuse and recycling, reducing environmental footprints, enhancing safety measures, and unlocking new market potentials.

To help us achieve this vision, we are seeking a Senior Research Engineer in Battery Technologies – someone with a strong chemical engineering background, coupled with extensive research and development experience. Ideal candidates will possess deep insights into battery cell design, electrochemistry, safety protocols, health assessments of end-of-life batteries, and performance optimisation of retired EV batteries. Join our pioneering team as we lead the way in repurposing, and recycling of lithium-ion battery, harnessing innovative technologies to transform used batteries into valuable resources, driving sustainability, and shaping the future of energy. 

You will also demonstrate personal attributes that are congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry Personal Excellence and Courage.

Qualifications & Experience

The preferred candidate will possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
  • A PhD in chemical engineering.
  • Significant experience in research and development related to battery cell design, and battery testing.
  • A thorough understanding of health and safety issues of electric batteries, particularly lithium-ion.
  • Hands-on experience in a laboratory or industrial setting, conducting experiments related to materials recovery.
  • Familiarity with recycling processes, materials recovery, and the circular economy principles applicable to battery materials.
  • Evidence of research excellence through publications.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in mineral processing is desirable.

Benefits & Remuneration

This full time, fixed term position attracts remuneration of $97,113 to $108,813 pa plus 17% University superannuation contribution.
ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness Program, and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our website Employment Opportunities Overview.


Interested applicants are welcome to call Professor Daryoush Habibi on (08) 6304 5787 for more information.

How to Apply

Please upload your resume along with a statement addressing the Capabilities in the Position Description.  

Closing Date:

Applications close on 5 May 2024 at 11:30pm AWST.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


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