Research Associate in Materials Engineering
University of New South Wales School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research Associate in Materials Engineering

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

The Opportunity

You will be working on a collaborative project between UNSW and an industry partner Tokamak Energy. Your research will provide insight into the radiation-induced degradation of advanced shielding materials exposed to a fusion reactor environment by performing atomic scale simulations of tungsten borides and other advanced ceramics. This opportunity will allow you to publish high-quality research articles and contribute to the development of materials to address industry challenges in nuclear fusion.

The role of Research Associate will report to Dr Patrick Burr and has no direct reports.

  • Level A - Salary, $97,368 to $104,143 per annum + 17% superannuation
  • Full time or Part time
  • Fixed-term contract – 12 months, renewable to 24 months
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

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. This position is within the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Selection Criteria (Skills & Experience)

  • PhD in Materials Science/Engineering or in condensed matter physics, awarded in the last 5 years or to be awarded within the year of commencement. (Applicants without PhD level may also be considered, based on other relevant or equivalent research experience).
  • Knowledge in the area of nuclear materials or radiation-matter interaction would be preferable.
  • Experience in performing atomic-scale calculations using DFT packages (e.g. VASP, CASTEP, CRYSTAL), and/or classical potential/force-field packages (e.g. LAMMPS, GULP, DL-Poly).
  • Coding skills in a scientific programming language and/or unix operating systems (R, python, bash).
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant writing.
  • Experience of working with team members and PhD/Masters students to help build their research skill and knowledge and to support and guide their professional development.
  • Exceptional 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 these positions can be found in the position description via the link, Position Description - Research Associate in Materials Engineering (501870).pdf or via the advert on

To Apply: Please submit your CV, Cover Letter and Responses to Selection Criteria (skills and experience) nominated in the Position Description. Please note applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below.


Eugene Aves – Talent Acquisition Consultant


Applications close: Monday 14th June 2021

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.

Advertised: 17 May 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 14 Jun 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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