Postdoctoral Fellow - Simulation University of New South Wales, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow - Simulation


Job no: 496005

Work type: Fixed term / Full time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Tutor / Associate Lecturer

ROLE: Postdoctoral Fellow - Simulation

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Opportunity to work with industry partners
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.


UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.


The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the largest and most prestigious in Australia, with 2500 student enrolments, 80 academic staff, 25 professional staff, operating budget of over $15 million and annual external research funding of more than $6 million. Our mission is to prepare students for careers of leadership and innovation, create new scientific advances, and translate research outcomes to positively impact national and global industry and society. Our School seeks to attract high quality researchers and educators to expand thriving research programs and contribute to our education and research excellence



About the role

  • $75,069-$100,090 -  plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • 3 year Fixed-term
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


The Postdoctoral Fellow will provide technical and intellectual input towards the main aims of the ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) and will be a key liaison with the Centre’s Industry Partner Organisations (POs). The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for co-supervision of PhD projects and will be required to meet key research deliverable milestones for the POs during the project. As a member of AMAC, the Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the Centre Director, Centre Manager and other Postdoctoral Fellows based at UNSW and ANU. The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Centre Director and has no direct reports.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research in the area of multi-scale simulation and performance prediction of composite materials independently and as part of a team;
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners;
  • Manage a research program on Simulation and Performance Prediction, manage and maintain the collaborative research relationships with AMAC industry partners, and assist in meeting program requirements, deliverables and milestones;
  • Engage with industry and build new and existing relationships, acting as the primary liaison with industry partners for AMAC research projects and developing new funding opportunities;
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones;
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate;
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required;
  • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required;
  • Contribute to all aspects of the operation of AMAC and assist in outreach activities including to prospective students, research institutes, industry, government, the media and the general public;
  • Manage research data in accordance with the requirements established by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the grant management committee;
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others. 


About the successful applicant

Selection Criteria:

  • PhD in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace or Manufacturing Engineering, or a related discipline;
  • Solid understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals: properties of materials and solid mechanics are essential. Demonstrated research experience and output in the following research areas:Experience of prosecuting industry-based, interdisciplinary research projects applying knowledge and skillsets in the field of composite structural analysis and modelling, with evidence of research impact;
    • Multi-scale modelling and finite element simulation of composite structures
    • Performance prediction and damage modelling of laminated composite structures
  • Expertise in simulation supported composites manufacturing (preferably on automated manufacturing).
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision;
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students;
  • Highly developed organisational skills including the ability to work independently to set priorities, monitor work flow and meet competing deadlines whilst maintaining accuracy;
  • An ability and commitment to win bids for competitive external funding to support collaborative research activities;
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.


You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


POSITION DESCRIPTION: Download File Postdoctoral Fellow - Simulation.pdf 



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Applications close: Monday 4th March 2019, 11:50pm



UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity.


We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.


Position Description

Advertised: 24 Jan 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 04 Mar 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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