Research Assistant in Engineering

Brisbane, Australia
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Advanced Water Management Centre

The Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in innovative water technology and management. The Centre has an outstanding worldwide reputation in urban water management and related fields, and an award winning multidisciplinary team delivers practical technological solutions underpinned by fundamental scientific discoveries.

The Centre has six interlinked programs namely, next generation urban water technologies, integrated urban water management, sewer corrosion and odour management, nexus of urban water, health and environment, resource efficient agri-industry and environmental biotechnology. For more Information about the Centre, please visit:

The role

In collaboration with research and industry partners, the AWMC Wastewater Research Team is developing and demonstrating novel wastewater technologies that maximise energy recovery from wastewater linked to innovative nitrogen removal. In particular, the FNA-biogas technology, developed by the team, will be trialled at pilot scale. Pilot plants will be constructed and commissioned on-site at the collaborative Queensland Urban Utilities Innovation Centre located at Luggage Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. These demonstration projects are a critical step towards full-scale implementation of the technologies.

The position will be responsible for day-to-day operation of the pilot plant systems, and associated scientific, technical and engineering support, both on-site and in AWMC laboratories. The position may also be involved in operation and maintenance of the pilot sewer system.

The person

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology or Science, and demonstrated expert knowledge in energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, water treatment, waste treatment, and/or environmental sustainability. You should also have a strong desire to work with industry partners in a research role in waste management, water treatment and sustainable technologies. You should have practical engineering skills, a focus on safety, attention to detail, excellent analytical skills, good communication skills, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams. Current Qld ‘C’ Class driver license is essential as this position is working at UQ and also at our pilot plant in Luggage Point.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months at HEW Level 6. The HEW 6 remuneration package will be in the range $74,207.07 - $79,964.50 FTE p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $86,822.27 - $93,558.48 FTE p.a.).

Position Description -

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Shihu Hu on +61 7 3346 3230

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Closing date -14th November, 2018 - 11.55 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)