Senior Research Associate in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications University of New South Wales, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications Australia

Senior Research Associate


Job no: 495955

Work type: Fixed term / Full time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Lecturer, Tutor / Associate Lecturer

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best
  • Location - Sydney, Australia


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 Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications has a vibrant research culture reflected in the achievements of its academic staff, and is currently rated as a level 5 ERA School (“Well above world standard”) in each of the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research Australia evaluations. The School enjoys a world-leading reputation for research excellence, with six IEEE Fellows among our 44 academic staff. According to the Shanghai Jiaotong 2016 rankings, EE&T@UNSW is placed first in Australia.


The School has innovated significantly by introducing the first 5-year integrated bachelors/masters (with minor) and first (nonconversion) 2-year accredited masters programs, each with a major component of engineering design. These innovations have positioned the School in a period of very strong growth. Nationally, the School offers the most complete range of undergraduate and postgraduate electrical engineering and telecommunications programs, and is the largest of its kind.


The School building is currently undergoing a $104m refurbishment, which when complete, will place our facilities amongst the best in the world. With a team that is recognised for its teaching excellence and innovative research, the School is producing the next generation of innovative engineers who will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on industry and society.



About the role

  • Level A - A$75,069-$100,090
  • Level B - A$105,108-$112,621
  • 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed term contract until August 2021
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


The position is an academic research role to contribute or lead the ARENA project “Addressing barriers to efficient renewable integration”. The Research Associate will develop a composite distributed energy resource (DER)-load model for use in dynamic power system modelling platforms (for example, PSCAD). The Research Associate will analyse and interpret power system data collected from high speed disturbance recorders located in various distribution and transmission networks around Australia. The Research Associate will work closely with the industry partners to develop a new standard model for power system studies of the NEM. The role of Research Associate reports to Professor John Fletcher and has a dotted line to Associate Professor Iain MacGill, and has no direct reports.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level A

  • Conduct a specified program of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigators according to the project plan and contractual obligations to the funder;
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones;
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners;
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate;
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities, and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones, including the dissemination of the results of the research;
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School and Institute;
  • Assist with the supervision and mentorship of research students in the research area where required;
  • Perform limited administrative and management work associated with the group program of research; 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.


Level B

In addition to the above, at Level B, duties and responsibilities include:

  • Lead the research program to develop a Distributed Energy Resource - load composite model;
  • Execute knowledge sharing activities as specified by the funding agreement;
  • Support the Principal Investigator and the research group in design and development of the research program;
  • Disseminate research results through writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners;
  • Participate in the definition of research directions and actively contribute to the coordination of research activities and research outputs to meet project milestones;
  • Independently seek and apply for external funding opportunities to grow and enhance the research project;
  • Joint supervision of honours and HDR students;



Level A

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering awarded in the last 5 years or equivalent research experience in an industry environment;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in in power system load modelling or a similar area to that described in the Appendix (Project 2);
  • Proven experience in utilising state-of-the-art power system modelling tools such as PSCAD and/or RSCAD;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision;
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity;
  • Demonstrated understanding of operational requirements for a successful research project and managing resources;
  • Knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant application;
  • In-depth knowledge of software and/or hardware associated with power electronic inverters;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students;
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.


Level B

In addition to above, essential criteria for Level B include:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision;
  • Strong track record of publications and conferences presentations relative to opportunity;
  • Proven 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;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate students.


Please detail which level you would like to apply for and 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 62568 Position Description Research Associate Senior Research Associate.PDF

Penny Spencer
Talent Acquisition Consultant

T: (02) 9385 2459

Applications close: Sunday 24th February 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: 24 Feb 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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