MAE Research Fellow, Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion

Melbourne, Australia
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Clayton campus
Employment Type: Full-time 
Duration: 12 month fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: $66,706 - $90,532 pa Level A (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Enjoy the freedom to discover something new
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions 

There’s a certain feeling you get from working at Monash University. It’s the feeling that you’re a part of something special. Something significant. So if you’re looking for the next chapter in your career, it’s here. You’ll be given the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace that’s filled with energetic and inspiring people. Talent thrives here – and so do truly satisfying careers.

The Opportunity

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace has an international reputation for quality research and education programs. We aim to continue being a global leader in engineering science through exceptional and world-class research.

As a Research Fellow within the Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion (LTRAC), you will be part of one of Australia’s leading and internationally recognised Fluid Mechanics groups. You will be setting up complete particle image velocimetry (PIV) experiments to investigate particle-laden swirling jet flows.

This will include:

  • Designing appropriate optical PIV arrangements to simultaneously measure the fluid flow field and particle velocity distribution, (ii) developing as necessary micro-processor control software programs for the PIV experiments
  • Developing interface software programs to acquire PIV images from a variety of camera sensors
  • Developing image-processing algorithms using high-level programming languages like C/C++ and/or python to determine the fluid velocity fields and the particle velocity distributions and concentration
  • Develop post-processing tools using high-level programming languages like C/C++ and/or python to analyse the complex PIV data sets of the particle-laden swirling jet flows
  • Write journal papers reporting the research and present the results of this research at international conferences. You will also assist in managing the day-to-day operations of the LTRAC laboratories and be responsible for maintaining and repairing the Class IV lasers

As the ideal candidate, you must possess a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related discipline with experience and specialist expertise and a strong background in the fundamentals of turbulent jet flow physics, Experimental Fluid Mechanics and the development, application and practice of PIV, experience in laboratory management and the operation, usage, maintenance and repair of Class IV lasers for research to be able to undertake the tasks described above.    

This position is linked to a research grant on dry powder inhalers (DPI). It involves the design of an analogue DPI to experimentally investigate the detailed fluid flow field and the resulting particle velocity distribution and concentration using high fidelity PIV experiments.

You will further be expected to maintain a consistently high research output in the form of quality publications, supervision of students' development and submission of grant proposals to external funding agencies, contribute more generally to communicating the research activities of the LTRAC group, participate in the LTRAC and Departmental research meetings and participation in appropriate career development activities.

If you believe you can fulfil these requirements, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".


Professor Julio Soria,

Position Description

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Closing Date

Monday 26 November 2018, 11:55 pm AEDT