Research Fellow Grade 2

at Deakin University

The role

The successful Research Fellow (Grade 2) will have experience in powder technology and materials science, and proven ability to initiate and conduct research and development in partnerships with research institute and industry stakeholders.

The Research Fellow will work within the Powder Technology group in Deakin School of Engineering, focussed on developing particle technology and material and process aspects leading to novel high-value composite compacts. The program will involve use of both mechanical dry particle coating and solvent-based techniques associated with particle engineering.

This is a 3 year fixed term role based at Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong.

To be successful, you'll have:

  • a relevant doctoral qualification or equivalent qualification in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science or Materials Science or related technical disciplines
  • experience in working in areas of powder technology, interfacial science and related materials science, and preferably in particle engineering of micro-particles
  • demonstrated experience with material and bulk powder characterisation, especially particle sizing and image analysis, and analytical chemistry techniques
  • ability to liaise with multi-disciplinary professionals in industry and government agencies, and across a range of applied engineering and technical disciplines.
  • experience in tabletting, additive manufacturing, powder milling, powder blending, dry or wet granulation, spray drying, mechanical coating and mechanofusion would be highly desirable

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • effectively design and conduct experimental studies in particle engineering and material formulation and processing, conduct and coordinate relevant characterisation studies, and maintain data records, data processing and analysis and reporting
  • initiate and conduct research either as a member of a team, or independently, to achieve the objectives of our team's Powder Technology programs on advanced compact formation, via engineered materials and process development
  • prepare and develop grant applications relating to the project(s), and contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies
  • attend meetings associated with the research project(s) and attend other meetings as appropriate, such as Institute / School meetings and / or membership of a limited number of Committees


Deakin University is proud to be recognised as an organisation that offers a friendly, supportive and challenging working environment. Our staff are committed to making a genuine difference to people's lives through excellence in education and research.

We acknowledge the importance of providing a dynamic and diverse working environment and offer variety in day-to-day roles as well as professional development opportunities to assist staff to grow and progress their careers.

Deakin University staff have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from a diverse range of cultures and professional backgrounds, all of whom share a common interest in lifelong learning.


We value our staff and understand that they are more than just their jobs, that's why we offer benefits that enhance work life. Some of Deakin's workplace benefits include:

  • 17% superannuation
  • flexible work arrangements
  • discounts with third party suppliers for health insurance, car rentals IT and more

About us

The flexible learning options we provide our students and our diverse team of professionals and academic experts has enabled us to achieve a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds. For eight consecutive years, we've achieved the highest level of overall student satisfaction among Victorian universities.

We have a network of campuses, learning centres and research centres across Victoria and corporate offices in Melbourne, China, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. Our online Cloud campus provides more than 13,000 students with access to state-of-the-art digital tools and direct access to world-renowned academics.

As a Victorian university with a global impact, Deakin is translating its research into commercial outcomes that will help drive innovation for Australia's economy. At Deakin we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. We recognise that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and responsibilities. In many cases, academic *careers can be put on hold through career breaks or part-time work arrangements to take on caring duties, gain experience in other industries, for medical reasons or other personal circumstances. *

Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria and submit a Cover Letter along with the Resume.

Job closes: 26 Feb 2019

For further information, please contact Pallavi on 03 9244 5490

Geelong Victoria Australia

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