Research Fellow, Mechatronics

Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 19 November 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Apply your research knowledge to solve challenges associated with the implementation of new technologies into people’s lives
  • Full time, 12 month fixed-term position located at Swinburne, Hawthorn
  • $100,719 + 17% superannuation

About the Job

There is a market for laboratory, clinical and patient focused devices, but getting ideas validated both clinically and technically, prototyped and then to affordable, local manufacture is challenging. MedTechVic aims to fill the gaps in Victoria’s pipeline by building a new facility for the co-creation of assistive technologies, delivering programs to support the digitalisation of the MedTech and Pharmaceutical sector and the development of clinicians with product development skills alongside applied research and development projects that will span design, AR/VR, automation, digital manufacturing, and clinical activities.

We are seeking a research fellow in MedTech Mechatronics to join our multidisciplinary team and lead new industry and end-user focused projects spanning biotechnology, assistive technology, and manufacturing. The successful applicant will be able to apply their research knowledge and know-how to solve challenges associated with the implementation of new technologies into people’s lives. You will have a practical, solutions focused approach and be interested in developing commercially viable products and services as well as new research insights. You will have the opportunity to join and develop projects with industry and community groups and led the co-creation of solutions with end users and future customers.

This is an exciting role for someone who wants to explore the interface between research, industry and product development and commercial outcomes.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About Research & Development at Swinburne

Help drive real change with our Research and Development function. Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in our 2025 Strategic Plan – to become an internationally renowned institute in digital research, a digital disruptor and an accelerator of innovation.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • PhD in Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering or a related field
  • Track record and recognition for research outputs evidenced by publications, development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, and/or industry links
  • Research experience in the creation of prototypes and demonstration systems and their evaluation
  • Ability to work with uncertainty and in unstructured environments
  • Interest in assistive and health technologies

Key Responsibilities

  • Build prototypes, test systems and integrate technology into new products
  • Work closely within a multidisciplinary team to combine knowledge, provide advice and support
  • Supervise student research projects
  • Generate product demonstration and media impact
  • Develop project specifications and insights by working with end users
  • Contribute to the successful project management of the research by completing assigned work at the required level and within agreed timeframes.
  • Communicate research outcomes through high quality papers/journal articles, delivery of seminars, and conference attendance.
  • Be prepared to participate in team development and research activities and contribute to other projects within the team where it is deemed appropriate by the supervisor.

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


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How to apply and further information

To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position, contact Michelle Dunn (Senior Lecturer) via email at:

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Diversity and Inclusion

Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:

  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Charter of Cultural Diversity
  • Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
  • Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 19th November 2021

Work Rights:

This position is open to candidates that are currently located within Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate work visa.

Vaccination Information:

Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Swinburne workers to have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 22 October 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.