Postdoctoral Fellow in Mechanical Engineering
University of New South Wales

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mechanical Engineering 

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Work type: full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post Doctoral Research Associate

The Opportunity

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow. You will conduct research in the field of life cycle sustainability assessment. This is a key role in supporting research projects as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers in life cycle sustainability assessment of thermoforming packaging technologies. This is a hands-on position which will require working with other researchers and industry partners to develop sustainability indicators, collect data, carry out e-LCA, LCC, s-LCA. In this role you will be working on a project that will be undertaken within the Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group @ UNSW ( and the associated industry partner organisation.

This position will give you the opportunity to develop your research skills and output through your contribution to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals, participating in conferences and workshops, supervising students, and actively engaging with industry partners.

The role of Post-doctoral Fellow reports to Professor Sami Kara with a dotted line to the project steering committee and has no direct reports.

  • Salary, Level A - $100,318 to $107,299 per annum + 17% superannuation
  • Full time
  • Fixed-term contract – 12 months with possible 24-month extension
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different isn’t only what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering that is internationally recognised for its excellence in research and teaching. Our mission is to nurture students to become industry leaders who will generate societal, economic and environmental benefits. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious schools Australia for thriving research programs and contribution to education excellence in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronic Engineering. The ARWU (Shanghai) Rankings for 2020* ranked the subject Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at UNSW as the highest in Australia. For further information on our school go to -

Skills & Experience

  • A degree and/or PhD in related discipline, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through a combination of education, training, or hands-on experience.
  • Prior experience in carrying out environmental life cycle assessment (e-LCA).
  • Prior experience in carrying out life cycle costing (LCC).
  • Prior experience in carrying out social life cycle assessment (s-LCA).
  • Prior experience in packaging industry and packaging materials
  • Knowledge of research protocols, experimental design, and planning as involved in developing research projects and reporting against milestones.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Excellent time management skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines by using judgement and initiative. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail and the ability to liaise effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for this position can be found in the position description.

To Apply: Please click the apply now button and submit your CV, Cover Letter and Responses to the Skills and Experience. You should systematically address the Skills and Experience listed within the position description in your application.

Please note applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below.


Eugene Aves – Talent Acquisition Consultant


Applications close: 11:55 pm (Sydney time) on Monday 18th September 2023

UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Position Description

Advertised: 21 Aug 2023 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 18 Sep 2023 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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