Postdoctoral Fellow In Ocean Wave Modelling

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 Infrastructure Engineering (IE) combines the suite of sub-disciplines of civil; environmental; ocean engineering and geomatics into one department creating an unusually broad scope for our research and engineering education. Our aim is to build integrated capabilities that allow us to comprehensively solve infrastructure problems that are sustainable into the future.

We currently have a highly flexible opportunity for an early-career academic to join our Infrastructure team and work as part of an overall project funded by the Victorian Government to study changing wave climate along the Victorian coast and resulting impacts on future coastal inundation and stability. The successful candidate will take primary responsibility for the wave modelling elements of the project and, in conjunction with Professor Ian Young, guide two PhD students working on circulation modelling and beach stability elements of the project.

As with all academic roles you will be supported to pursue three 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 Ocean Engineering of Oceanography or have submitted thesis for examination
  • a publication record in high quality journals in fields such as: global wave climate, modelling of extreme wave condition and projected future wave climate
  • ability to build international research links
  • experience in working with large climate reanalysis model data, such as ERAI and ERA5

Additionally, it would be desirable (but not necessary) if you also bought with you:

  • sound understanding of the physics of 3rd generation ocean wave models
  • experience in the use and analysis of insitu wave data
  • highly developed written and oral communication skills

Please refer to the attached Position Description to gain insight to the selection criteria and responsibilities.

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 plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas 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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Parkville Victoria Australia

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