Research Fellow In Geotechnical Engineering

at University of Melbourne

About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

At MSE, we are committed to excellence. We are transforming our engineering and IT teaching and research at the University of Melbourne, guided by MSE 2025, our ten-year strategic plan. With an impressive investment of $1 billion in people and infrastructure, we are creating the entrepreneurial leaders and technology of the future - the people and things that will drive innovation and productivity to make a sustainable impact on the world in which we live. It's an incredibly exciting time to be joining MSE!

About the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI)

The School of EMI encompasses the Electrical, Mechanical, and Infrastructure Engineering Departments, recognising that engineered systems of present and future significance increasingly have connections to all three of these (and often beyond). Our vision is to translate excellence in engineering science into solutions that drive more rapid scientific research progress within EMI and, even more significantly, provide a strong foundation for external partnerships that improve quality of life locally, nationally and internationally. You'll find smart people, big problems, and plenty of opportunities to make a real difference in the world.

The Opportunity

The Geotechnical Engineering Team has gone through significant growth and transformation with MSE making a substantial investment in new academic staff, new laboratory facilities and equipment in cutting edge areas such as geotechnical optic fibre sensing technology, geophysics, piling and energy geo-structures and pavement geotechnics.

We are now inviting outstanding research talent to work in our fast-growing active geotechnical engineering team. We're looking for Research Fellows who bring fresh ideas, who are versatile and display leadership qualities to take on new problems and have innovative solutions to solve the challenges our construction, energy and infrastructure sectors are currently faced with.

The Role

As the Research Fellow, you will work in a collaborative environment and be engaged in a range of federal and state government and industry funded projects such as use of concrete free footing technologies, development of fibre optic sensing technology for geotechnical engineering applications among others. You will work with external industry partners to develop and deliver research projects to meet technological requirements of our partners and are expected to contribute to 1-2 publications in high quality peer reviewed journals per year.

Along with your experimental research, we encourage you to share your passion with the next generation of engineering leaders. We will provide you with the opportunity for teaching post-graduate students, supervising RHD students and attending international and national conferences and workshops.

What you'll need

  • PhD in Civil Engineering
  • Demonstrated research experience in one or more of the following areas: Geotechnical Engineering in particular piling, numerical modelling, in situ instrumentation for piling and ground improvement works
  • Advanced Laboratory testing including stress path triaxial, simple shear, use of PIV and Optic Fibre technologies
  • A track record of quality research as evidenced by research publications in leading conferences and journals commensurate with opportunity
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent research and a commitment to interdisciplinary research

What we offer you

Apart from competitive salaries, our benefits are aimed at recognising and rewarding the contributions you make. We offer complete flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development including international collaboration opportunities and we'll support you in doing what you love.

Academics who regularly engage in practice-developing research and development activities and have a strong track record of working well in academic teams and independently are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please refer to the online application form and upload your Cover Letter and Resume.

We ask that you please provide brief statements to the selection criteria outlined in the position description (try to keep this to one page).

About University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, at number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

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The University of Melbourne and MSE is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

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