Research Assistant / Fellow in Modelling and Simulation of Additive Manufacturing
RMIT University College of Science, Engineering and Health

Research Assistant / Fellow in Modelling and Simulation of Additive Manufacturing

Job no: 586690

Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract

Categories: Engineering, Research

RMIT City Campus

Academic Level A/B, $85, 462 - $114, 672 pa, + 17% Super

2-year, Full-Time, Fixed Term Contract

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the role/College

As a top 100 university in the world for engineering (2015 QS Rankings by Faculty; Engineering and Technology), RMIT Engineering provides students with work-relevant education programs, access to excellent research facilities and opportunities to engage in creative real-world project work through robust relations with local and international industry leaders. RMIT Engineering’s education is based on innovation and creativity. Key discipline areas in the School of Engineering provide programs with flexible pathways to global careers or postgraduate research.

The primary objective of the position is to support the delivery of research within two projects. One supported by the ARC Training Centre on Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials and involving industry partner RUAG is investigating high-speed laser metal deposition for a range of applications. The successful candidate will conduct process modelling research in the field of additive manufacturing of metallic alloys for improved mechanical properties.

As the Research Assistant/Fellow you will focus on two projects. One supported by the ARC Training Centre on Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials and will focus on the laser deposition process and interaction between the laser beam and metallic powder particles and how these are deposited onto metallic substrates. The modelling study will complement and feed into the experimental program on the topic. The second project is funded by the Austrian Research Council (FFG) as part of its ‘Beyond Europe’ program. This project will focus on prediction of microstructure and performance in wire deposited additive manufacturing of high strength Aluminium Alloys. RMIT will focus on prediction of defects and grain morphology, particularly hot tearing and porosity formation and in particular the influence of process parameters.

About you

Ability to undertake research and development activities in additive manufacturing (AM) with a particular focus on the modelling simulation of (A) the interaction between the laser beam and metal powder particles in flight and during deposition on a metallic substrate and (B) the influence of process parameters and alloy on the development of microstructure particularly defect formation.

Contribute to the academic output of the School, assist with postgraduate and undergraduate student mentoring and work collaboratively and collegially with fellow researchers in the Centre for Additive Manufacturing.

Experience in developing modelling capabilities and publishing relevant analyses of the literature.

Provide direct support to an associated postgraduate student.

Participate in the teaching and learning program appropriate to areas of expertise up to 10% of a full time load.


PhD or equivalent in relevant field

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We’re proud to share with you some of our wins:

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member with Bronze Award accreditation and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

We are ranked #1 in the world for our efforts to reduce inequality in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020.

RMIT University is placed 10th in overall Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, rocketing up from 82nd place in 2019.

We placed 11th in the 2019 Talent Board APAC Candidate Experience Awards.

RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.

We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019. 

We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.

We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.

The launch of our second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa– a “commitment to share” - an important step in our reconciliation journey. 

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in this role. Candidates are requested to separately address the key selection criteria outlined in the position description. For enquires about this role, you may contact Milan Brandt on

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We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email or call Kassie on +61399252442 with your request(s).

Applications close Thursday 4th of June 2020.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Application close: 04 Jun 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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