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Dr Scott Martin

Group Leader - Applied Physics


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PO BOX 218


Current Role - Group Leader - Applied Physics
I lead a group, Applied Physics, of researchers, engineers and supporting functions across five teams: electrical machines, optical systems, superconductivity, quantum materials and devices and ElectroMechanical Development. Together the teams are creating benefit to industrial partners in: defence, aerospace, next-gen automotive, heavy transportation, minerals & mining, telecommunications, science infrastructure, renewable energy, and health amongst others.

Current Role - Site Leader at the Lindfield Site
My other current role is Site Leader for CSIRO's Lindfield site. In addition to operating and enhancing a safe and vibrant site, we have ambitious plans to increase both university and industrial co-location at Lindfield. In the past five years we have hosted several hundred people co-located at Lindfield, mainly in deep-tech start-up companies. We launched a new collaborative maker space for inventors to develop hardware concepts and prototypes and we are able to offer TechVouchers to new partners to engage with us. This initiative has be greatly accelerated thanks to a NSW Industry grant (2016-2021 as part of the Building Business Innovation Program. Also made possible by this funding have been two special ON Connect programs in which early tech start-ups (not co-located) are guided through the lean Launchpad process to identify and validate their target markets and to define a minimum viable product. The Lindfield Collaboration Hub is being brilliantly led by Katie Green.

Lifetime citation count: 818
h-index (excluding self-citations): 12
Researchgate (RG) score: 22.65

Other Interests

Since 2012 I have served as a non-executive director of the Laboratories Credit Union (LCU) and in 2016 served 3 years as chairman of the board of directors. LCU is a small financial institution with approximately $200M in assets and 3000 members. It was formed by CSIRO staff over 66 years ago and still provides banking services to many CSIRO staff, alumni and families. The banking sector is very highly regulated through APRA and ASIC and a significant aspect of operating a financial institution revolves around governance and compliance (which is largely the same whether you are a big bank or a credit union). LCU is a perfect example of customer owned banking - owned by the members for the members.

For 17 years I have volunteered with the Australian Institute of Physics - at the federal and branch levels. I coordinate industry engagement for the NSW branch, predominantly through the annual Physics in Industry Days.

Through the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program, I spend a few days each year in the classroom at the Northern Beaches Secondary College where I explore the future of cars with gifted and talented programs. Last year members of the Tesla Owners Club brought their Model S's to show the class - including the self parking function. We also consider where the electricity comes from and learn about conservation of energy as well as each student building their own little solar powered model car.

In my spare time I love motorcycling with friends and karate.

Current Roles

  • Site Leader
    Lindfield SIte

  • Group Leader
    Applied Physics

Academic Qualifications

  • 1988

    BSc (Hons, 1st) in Physics
    University of Exeter, UK

  • 1992

    PhD in Physics
    University of Exeter, UK

  • 2002

    PGDip Management

  • 2011

    Company Directors Course

Professional Experiences

  • 2011-2014

    Stream Leader - Medical Devices

  • 2005-2006

    Theme Leader, “Security: Infrastructure and Public Safety”

  • 1997-2000

    Senior Production Manager
    AMBRI Pty Ltd

Achievements and Awards

  • Fellow
    Australian Institute of Physics

  • Graduate

Other highlights

  • 2020-2021

    NSW Chair, Australian Institute of Physics

  • 2020-2020

    CSIRO Medal (Lindfield Collaboration Hub)

  • 2012-2021

    Director of Laboratories Credit Union

  • 2018-2018

    (AIP) NSW Community Outreach to Physics Award

  • 2016-2019

    Chairman of Laboratories Credit Union


  • 2014-2017

    AISRF Grant for tuberculosis diagnosis (AUD2.3M)

  • 2016-2020

    NSW Building Business Innovation Program (AUD1.5M)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2009-2021

    Participant in STEM Professionals in Schools

  • 2011-2021

    First Aider

  • 2014-2021

    Co-coordinator of the CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics


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