Research Fellow In Hydrodynamic Turbulence

at University of Melbourne

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 responding to the major challenges of our time.

About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

Working at MSE is exciting and fast moving. We are working hard to transform engineering and IT research and teaching, 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.

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

We encompass the Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering Departments, recognising that engineered systems of present and future significance increasingly have connections to all three.

We are the oldest engineering school in Australia - initially founded in 1861 - and have evolved into a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers focused on addressing major challenges of today and into the future.

About this Opportunity:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) is one of the largest in Australia.The Departmental philosophy is to attract and retain the highest quality staff available in order to maintain a vigorous research effort. Our strategic plan is to address the most urgent contemporary problems of our rapidly developing industrial society, with investigations into biomechanical engineering and fluids and thermal sciences.

This position requires you to conduct experimental research in the field of hydrodynamics in the Michell Hydrodynamics Laboratory. Specifically, you will need to conduct high-resolution, time-resolved Particle Image Velocimetry over extraordinarily long time periods for the analysis of far-wakes of underwater vehicles. The primary application of the work performed in the role is for Defence Science, however, there will be opportunities for involvement in other projects including fundamental research. You will work closely with the team of researchers in the laboratory, whilst also conducting independent research, leading to the preparation and publication of research outcomes at conferences and in journals. You will be located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering and will be expected to be an active member of the Department, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as negotiated with your supervisor.

As with all academic roles you will be supported to pursue the key pillars of a developing academic career:

  • pursue internationally leading research
  • engage with industry and other partner institutions
  • take on leadership roles within the University

About you:

To successfully secure this role you will be able to demonstrate:

  • PhD in Engineering or a relevant discipline using experimental methods
  • 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
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records
  • High level computer skills, including Matlab, MS Office (or equivalent)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders (academic, administrative and support staff) in a courteous and effective manner
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including high level organisational and time management skills, ability to manage competing priorities and excellent record keeping skills
  • Excellent ability to work co-operatively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and liaise with associates from both industry and academia
  • Demonstrated experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new experimental protocols
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions.

In addition, it would be desirable if you were capable of also demonstrating experience in:

  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Supervision of graduate students and/or research assistants
  • The successful completion of ethics applications and submission of grant applications
  • Ability to structure, engage and present information clearly to various audiences;
  • Postgraduate student supervision
  • A leadership role within a research team.

What we offer you

We offer 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.

The University is committed to and seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas where they have been traditionally under-represented.

If you're curious, motivated and ready to undertake a challenging and rewarding role we're ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your Cover Letter and Resume.

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