Job below doing sci comm for a start up in Sydenham, Sydney. Technology aspects touch on biomimicry, microstructures, photolithography, chemistry, optics and fluid dynamics.
(I'm just the messenger- see email below)

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Science Communicator

Contact Details:

Applications Close: Monday 5th March 2021

Position Commencement: March 2021

MicroTau is looking for someone to communicate the science of our technology to a non-technical audience. In this role you will lead the submission process of all project proposals and grants as well as other scientific publications. You will break down complex scientific concepts in a way that generates excitement and a deeper understanding of the technology for your audience.

Concepts will touch on biomimicry, microstructures, photolithography, chemistry, optics and fluid dynamics. You will be expected to lead a team of people, with diverse technical backgrounds,  to create content that translates scientific concepts into understandable product outcomes. This role is as a consultant / contractor with potential to grow into a full time role.

About MicroTau

MicroTau prints nature’s surfaces to solve human problems.

Plants and animals in nature have useful surface properties such as antireflective moth eyes, self-cleaning lotus leaves and Mako sharks that swim efficiently through the water. These properties arise due to microscopic patterns on the surface of the plant or animal. If you can replicate those microstructures you can create those valuable properties.

MicroTau prints these surfaces with our scalable microfabrication technology. Our focus is drag-reducing shark skin microstructures to improve efficiency through air and water. These surfaces can save billions of dollars and millions of tonnes of carbon across aerospace, maritime and energy production industries. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the writing and editing of scientific, technical or complex content for a variety of audiences and purposes; including project and grant proposals

  • Drive the project proposal and grant research process to ensure we have a complete understanding of the government and commercial contracting, project and grant landscape and identify opportunities for our technology 

  • Own the end to end project proposal and grant process including ensuring all team members contribute their expertise to create the best possible submission

  • Develop best practices regarding our project / grant research and application process

  • Edit and curate scientific papers across the business 

About You

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, a related technical field or display equivalent practical experience

  • Have a proven track record of submitting successful project and / or grant proposals 

  • Demonstrate experience in writing project proposals, grants, technical papers or general papers on technical topics

  • Demonstrate an ability to coordinate with cross functional team members to contribute

  • Be able to work as part of a team but also independently with sufficient direction

  • Show initiative – be proactive and a self-starter, able work with minimum direction. 

  • Be comfortable articulating complex topics to a non-scientific audience

  • Have experience in writing - or be comfortable learning - about biomimicry, microstructures, photolithography, chemistry, optics and fluid dynamics

  • Have a proven track record of working successfully to deadlines

  • Demonstrate eagerness to deeply understand our technology 

  • Have advanced communication skills, both written and verbal

Additional Information

As a young company, we are growing rapidly and offer the ability to help shape your role and contribute to shaping the company. Every team member has the opportunity to make an impact on the technology and applications we pursue as well as to work with a diverse team inventing new materials and processes.

MicroTau is also a social place to work – you will get to know everyone in the company through regular tea times, coffee breaks and Bahn Mi Friday’s. This will give you an opportunity to get to know and interact with a wide range of people and skill sets from engineers to physicists.

MicroTau is an equal opportunity employer, we welcome diversity, and we believe that it benefits everyone. Employment at MicroTau is based solely on a person's merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. MicroTau does not discriminate against any employee or applicant based on their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, or marital status.

The role will be based at MicroTau in Sydenham NSW with the possibility for remote work.


To apply for the position please send a CV and cover letter to by the 5th of March 2021.


Henry Bilinsky
MicroTau Pty Ltd
6/2 Bolton Street
Sydenham NSW 2044
+61 4 02 738 842

All data or information relating to MicroTau technology in this email is confidential. It may be used or disclosed only as expressly permitted by MicroTau.