Research Fellow in Offshore Geotechnics
University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Engineering



Job no: 0048915

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering

Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super


Salary: $72,083 - $97,812 p.a. (Level A) or $102,967 - $122,268 p.a. (Level B) plus 9.5% superannuation. 
Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience.


About University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, at number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018).  We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.


About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)
Working at MSE is exciting and fast moving. We are working hard to transform engineering and IT research and teaching, guided by MSE 2025, our ten-year strategic plan. With an expected investment of $1 billion in people and infrastructure, we are creating the entrepreneurial leaders and technology of the future.


About the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI)
We encompass the Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering Departments, recognising that engineered systems of present and future significance increasingly have connections to all three.


We are the oldest engineering school in Australia – initially founded in 1861 – and have evolved into a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers focused on addressing major challenges of today and into the future.


About this Opportunity: 
The Department of Infrastructure Engineering (IE) combines the suite of sub-disciplines of civil; environmental; ocean engineering and geomatics into one department creating an unusually broad scope for our research and engineering education. Our aim is to build integrated capabilities that allow us to comprehensively solve infrastructure problems that are sustainable into the future.


We currently have a highly flexible opportunity for an early-career academic to join our Infrastructure team and work with the Dean to contribute to growth of our research capability in the field of Offshore Geotechnics.


This 3-year fixed term engagement is suitable for a Research Fellow. If you have more experience and are keen to also be involved in the teaching side of academia, this could also be considered.  The level of this appointment will depend upon the experience; academic record; and accomplishments of the preferred candidate.


As with all academic roles you will be supported to pursue the key pillars of a developing academic career:

  • pursue internationally leading research
  • engage with industry and other partner institutions
  • take on leadership roles within the University


About you:
To successfully secure this role you will be able to demonstrate:

  • PhD in Civil Engineering or a related field
  • Well-developed and outstanding background in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Record of quality research in the discipline as evidenced by publications in leading conferences and journals
  • Excellent ability in analysing data, and proficiency in numerical and physical modelling techniques relevant to solving geotechnical engineering problems, excellent research records keeping skills and developing new experimental protocols;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent research and commitment to interdisciplinary research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines
  • Excellent ability to work co-operatively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and liaise with associates from both industry and academia
  • Experience in the presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions.
  • Experience in the successful completion of ethics applications and submission of grant applications
  • Experience in a leadership role within a research team.

Please refer to the attached Position Description to gain insight to the selection criteria and responsibilities.


What we offer you
We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you.  Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care.  We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development and we’ll support you in doing what you love.


The University is committed to and seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas where they have been traditionally under-represented.


If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a challenging and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.


How to Apply 

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Position Description

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