Research Fellow In Ceramic Processing

at University of Melbourne

  • Opportunity for aspiring Research Fellow to contribute to key defence projects
  • One year appointment with the potential to extend
  • Incredible opportunity for emerging researchers to work alongside world-leading colleagues

About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

At MSE, we are committed to excellence. We are transforming our engineering and IT teaching as well as research at the University of Melbourne guided by MSE 2025, our ten-year strategic plan. With an expected 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!

School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE)

CBE integrates the expertise and capabilities of the Chemical and the Biomedical Engineering Departments. The resulting mix of skills creates new horizons for engineering and enables the realisation of transformative new ideas into practical innovation. This ranges from the development of bionic prosthetic implants to remediation of Antarctic landscapes. The sweep of technological applications is vast and we are focused on end-use inspired research. We encompass mining, energy, material science, the environment, medical devices, medical imaging, drug delivery and food production. Our goal is to facilitate knowledge acquisition, research excellence, and its translation into technological, societal, industrial, environmental and medical innovation.

The Opportunity

We have received funding for a research project in the field of colloidal ceramic powder processing. Working under the supervision of Professor George V. Franks, our team is aiming to develop an improved understanding of processing-structure-property relationships in ceramics produced by wet processing methods with respect to its aerospace applications in defence.

Your research will investigate the microstructure of ceramics and develop sintering conditions for densification of ceramics. You will develop formulations and processing routes for producing ceramic agglomerates via spray or freeze granulation and establishing paste ink formulations and determine printing parameters for 3D printed non-oxide ceramics.

In this role you will publish your outcomes in peer reviewed journals and produce quarterly progress reports. You will lead the day-to-day operation of a small research lab, including maintaining stocks of routine supplies, chemical safety documentation and inductions and co-supervising undergraduate and PhD research students. When required you may also undertake teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research.

About you

Having completed a PhD in Materials, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering, you have extensive experience in ceramic powder processing and microstructural characterisation as well as and a strong record of research and publishing. You're keen to be an active member of CBE collaborating with other researchers and use your collaborative skills to form productive working relationships with key stakeholders internally and with our industry partners. Ideally, you'll have an understanding of the general principles of colloid and surface chemistry and an ability to undertake studies in suspension rheology.

By joining us, you will contribute to ground breaking and exciting research at The University of Melbourne. You will have the opportunity to enhance your career by translating your research into impactful solutions and contributing to a better future for our society.

Application Process

Please apply online with your resume and cover letter. We ask that you address the selection criteria for this position on a separate document and keep your responses succinct.

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 and we'll support you in doing what you love.

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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 are 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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