Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Civil Engineering
University of Queensland School of Civil Engineering

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($70,729.75 - $94,637.91)
Work type:Part Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Civil Engineering

The School of Civil Engineering is one of the largest schools of its kind in Australia. Located in the state-of-the-art, $135 million Advanced Engineering Building, the School passionately delivers world-leading teaching, research, and service.  We aspire to be the civil engineering school of choice for students, staff, industry, and the wider community in the fields of water, environmental, geotechnical, structural and transportation engineering.

Our goal is to foster graduates with the technical and professional skills required to lead the civil engineering profession and we aim to re-engineer civil and environmental research to improve the way communities operate and function.

Our academic staff hail from over 24 countries, are widely published and cited, and have extensive research backgrounds in diverse engineering disciplines including coastal, environmental, fire safety, geotechnical, hydraulics, structural, transport, and water resources.  These research strengths attract expert academics and students from around the world and provide industry with consulting expertise, research collaboration and testing facilities.

Our people are our greatest asset.  We offer collaborative, inclusive work and study places, which are enriched by the significant diversity of our staff, students and community.  We genuinely believe that creativity and innovation flourishes in an environment where people feel supported, valued and empowered.  Mutual respect, inclusivity and accountability are at the cornerstone of UQ’s culture.

The School is committed to supporting the career growth of women researchers and have a number of initiatives to support women in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the School.

The School has an agreed set of values that include:

  1. Respecting each other.
  2. Embracing equity and diversity.
  3. Making decisions transparently whenever possible.
  4. Collaborating across disciplines and universities.
  5. Supporting each other.
  6. Being accountable and responsible.
  7. Seeking first to understand then be understood.
  8. Making positive and meaningful societal contributions.
  9. Celebrating achievement.

For more information about the School, please visit:

About This Opportunity

The School of Civil Engineering is seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to research funded by the ARC Linkage Funding Scheme and Redland City Council focussing on the coastal flow slides at Amity Point, the World’s most dynamic beach.

The key role of the successful applicant will be to undertake research on coastal flow slides through leading field measurements (land and water-based measurements) by a team of researchers including 5 academics, three PhD students and several masters and thesis students.  This research will include processing field measurements for analytical or numerical models of triggering mechanism(s), initial flow slide dynamics, termination mechanism(s) and combine them with existing longshore sediment transport models to form a coastal flow slide model.

This position is based at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will possess a PhD in the field of Coastal, Ocean, Geotechnical, Environmental or Civil Engineering, or a closely related field (e.g., coastal geomorphology), with a strong background in field data collection.

You should be able to demonstrate knowledge in one or more of the following areas: coastal, geotechnical, and environmental engineering or science and leadership in research projects including evidence of contribution to research and quality research publications.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a part-time (50%), fixed term position at Academic level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $85,300 - $94,637, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $99,801 - $110,726.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 513659 Postdoc Research Fellow PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Peter Nielsen –
email: ; tel: +61 7 3365 3510

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 22 Mar 2021
Applications close: 19 Apr 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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