Research Fellow in Manufacturing and Industrial Systems Engineering

Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 24 October 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering
Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Salary: $72,083 - $97,812 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

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 Mechanical Engineering (ME) is one of the largest in Australia.The Departmental philosophy is to attract and retain the highest quality staff available in order to maintain a vigorous research effort. Our strategic plan is to address the most urgent contemporary problems of our rapidly developing industrial society, with investigations into biomechanical engineering and fluids and thermal sciences.

You will be part of a growing team developing a comprehensive program in manufacturing and industrial systems engineering with emphasis on sustainability and life cycle systems. As a part of the sustainable development, the world is witnessing a rapid development of clean energy technologies which shifts the attention from fossil fuels to metals and other non-renewable resources.

This project aims to develop a modelling platform to quantitatively analyse the material, resource and waste flows for the metals associated with clean energy technologies. This project will engage relevant industries and policy makers in the analysis and provide the foundations for identifying key impacts and opportunities for improving the sustainable performance and competitive advantage along the value chain of the clean energy sector.

Candidates with skills and experience in any field of industrial ecology and circular economy will be considered. Particular experience in material flow analysis, life cycle assessment, and simulation, is desirable.

You will conduct independent research, leading to the preparation and publication of research outcomes in conferences and journals. You will be located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and will be expected to be an active member of the Department, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as required.

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
  • mentor, coach and possibly deliver teaching to students
  • take on leadership roles within the University

About you:

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

  • A PhD in industrial engineering, or a closely related discipline
  • Experience in industrial ecology, circular economy, and life cycle engineering
  • A record of high-quality research as evidenced by publications in tier one journals
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and published papers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team

In addition, it would be desirable if you were also experienced in dynamic material flow analysis, life cycle assessment, discrete event simulation.

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

Apply online, complete the application and upload your Cover Letter
(addressing your choice of only three (3) of the essential selection criteria), and Resume.

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Position Description

Applications close: 24 Oct 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time