Research Officer, Electrical Discharge Machining of Advanced Materials

Melbourne, Australia
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Bundoora Campus location
  • Full-Time, 15 month Fixed-Term Position
  • $83,786-$89,935 p.a. + 17% Superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

The School of Engineering comprises a diverse range of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering and Aviation; Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Civil and Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical and Biomedical Engineering; Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials and Mechatronics Engineering; Mechanical and Automotive Engineering.

In the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, RMIT is 11th in the world (highest ranked in Australia) in Art and Design, and 26th in the world (fourth highest in Australia) in Architecture and the Built Environment. We are also among the world's top 100 universities in Engineering (Civil and Structural; Electrical and Electronic; and Mechanical, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing); Accounting and Finance; and Business and Management Studies).

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The Role

The Postdoctoral Research Officer is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant entitled "A novel approach to electrical arc machining of polycrystalline diamond with a rotating wheel electrode". The aim of the project is to develop a new approach for electrical discharge machining of polycrystalline diamond (PCD). The focus is to discover new machining theories and investigate the erosion mechanism of electrical arcs and irregular discharge pulses in the machining process.

Your Responsibilities

The Research Officer will specifically assist the chief investigators by undertaking research as specified in the ARC proposal. The role will participate in planning and executing research and generating papers, reports and writing research grants.

Skills & Experience Required

To be successful in this role you will have a PhD in Manufacturing/Mechanical/Materials Engineering, or related discipline including electrical/electronics, control, mechatronics or embedded systems. You will have a strong background in electrical discharge machining (EDM) or wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) in one or more of the following areas: design of EDM/WEDM power generators, servo/control systems including linear motors and piezoelectrical actuators, machining processes and material characterization, theoretical modelling and simulation.

To Apply

For further information please contact Songlin Ding on +61 3 9925 6198 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 571387.

Applications close on Monday 26th November 2018.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.