Research Associate in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering University of Newcastle School of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
School of Engineering

Research Associate in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

About UON

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle (UON) has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within our regions, throughout Australia and across the globe. This is an exciting time to be part of the University of Newcastle as we embark on our NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025. We are building on strong foundations to realise our 2025 vision to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future for our regions through innovation and impact. Being part of a university on the move gives our people the opportunity to really make a mark in their chosen field.

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is one of the leading faculties of its kind in Australia.  We have achieved outstanding results in the Australian Research Council ERA research excellence ratings, being the only university to achieve the highest possible rating of '5' in Civil Engineering across all three ERA assessments (2010, 2012 and 2015), and one of only two to achieve a 5 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering across all three ERA assessments, and a 5 in Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy.  Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

About the role

Dedicated to research and training in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Surveying, the School of Engineering is currently seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Research Associate at Level B within the Discipline of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering on a full-time fixed-term basis for three years.

Specifically, you will:

  • Demonstrate educational leadership in Teaching and Learning at the course level and contribution to the program level by:
    • Actively participating in the teaching programs of the School
    • Developing course materials in collaboration with other academics in the School
  • Collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the University and its academic community;
  • Contribute to the School and/or Faculty governance by proactively participating in initiatives/activities;
  • Build research productivity and develop recognition for academic staff, including generating quality publications, relative to opportunity;
  • Attract research higher degree students to the discipline.  Effective co-supervision of research masters and RHD students, and co-publication with RHD candidates;
  • Active participation in research collaborations and engage in industry networking.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A PhD in Electrical or Mechatronics Engineering.
  • Extensive experience in the development and application of system identification and estimation methods for dynamic systems.
  • A track record of research excellence demonstrated through quality publications.
  • Demonstrated capability to deliver undergraduate teaching in the field of Mechatronics
  • Capacity to supervise Master and PhD students
  • Good interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team.
  • Well-developed organisational and project management skills

Academic Level B – $92,574 to $109,933 per annum. Superannuation Guarantee contributions will be made to Unisuper with this appointment.

Applications close: 31 January 2017

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