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Post-Doctorate Opportunities

DST's post-doctorate opportunities provide recent PhD graduates (or PhD students nearing completion) a platform to commence their research career at one of the world's leading defence science organisations.


If you have qualifications and experience in the following disciplines and would like to be advised when opportunities arise, please email your full name, email address and academic discipline to .

Post-doctorates will experience a stimulating and dynamic culture that fosters scientific excellence through innovation and creativity. Additionally, they will work alongside and be mentored by some of the world's brightest scientists to deliver innovative solutions in support of Australia's Defence and national security. And share in the rewards – challenging projects, a supportive team environment, and flexible, lifestyle-friendly work conditions.


To be eligible for a post-doctorate opportunity, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen; and
  • have attained a PhD or are awaiting their thesis results in one of the following academic discipline areas:
    • Aerospace/ Aeronautical Engineering, and Naval Architecture
    • Computer Sciences, IT, Software Engineering, Telecommunications
    • Electronic/ Electrical Engineering
    • Psychology and Social Sciences
    • Materials Science
    • Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (including Robotics)
    • Chemical, Radiological, Biological and Food Sciences
    • Mathematics and Physics

Current Post-doctorate opportunities: When and Where to Apply?

Post-doctorate opportunities are advertised throughout the year and updated regularly on the DST vacancies website. Candidates must submit an application through DST's Early Career Researcher Portal to be considered for Post-doctorate positions.

Candidates will be able to identify the positions they are interested in on the online application form,; however applications may also be considered for other opportunities that match a candidate's academic background and location preferences.

If you have a recent PhD in one of the above academic discipline areas, however you have not identified an interest in the listed roles, you are still encouraged to register your interest.

Application Process

DST uses a holistic assessment approach to assessing candidate suitability. Applicants are required to:

  1. Complete an online application form, including uploading a resume, publication list, academic transcript, and addressing the following statement:
    In no more than 1000 words, detail the relevant experience, qualities and skills that you would bring to DST and describe why you want to work for Defence. You are encouraged to detail any scientific/ technical achievements.
  2. Candidates who progress through to the second stage of the assessment process will be invited to complete a video submission to accompany their written application.
  3. Candidates identified as potentially suitable for a specific position, will be invited to have a discussion with the relevant work area.

Salary & Classification

S&T3-4 (Above) APS6 $78, 304 - $89,449 per annum plus 15.4% superannuation

Employment type

Post-doctorates will be engaged for an 18-month non-ongoing (temporary) specified term. Non-ongoing opportunities may become ongoing (permanent) during the next 12-months. Part-time and full-time positions are available.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

At DST, we want a workforce of talented people who excel and innovate by harnessing different views, ideas and experiences. We embrace diversity, and value the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our workplaces.

Eligible Indigenous students can apply for this program through the Indigenous pathway.

If you apply through this pathway, you will commence in the same program as your peers, under the same conditions.

Any question relating to Indigenous recruitment can be forwarded to the .