Postdoctoral Fellow in Geomechanics

Sydney, Australia
30 Oct 2018
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25 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering has been a provider of innovative world-class engineering education and research for over sixty years, and it continues to thrive with highly sought after undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The School is committed to maintaining its high reputation committing to the UNSW Strategy 2025 in a manner that continues to provide outstanding research to support to the Australian resources sector and form the basis for expanding and strengthening its presence in new and emerging technologies. Our vision is one of continued national and global leadership in teaching and research excellence in the resources sectors of the economy, the economy that generates about one-half ($180 billion) of Australia’s export trade revenue, and to contribute to driving of the national agenda across the breadth of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, and in doing so to enhance the quality of life for humanity in a sustainable way.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct independent research in the area of solving the unconventional resource challenge through such a new multi-disciplinary fundamental science approach. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for developing appropriate tools and algorithms for local and global bifurcation analyses in Geomechanics in order to identify areas of plastic deformation in problems where temperature, pressure and chemistry are tightly coupled with the mechanical response of the material.

About the role

  • Level A $93,578 - $100,090 per annum (plus 9.5% superannuation)
  • Level B - $105,108 - $123,908 per annum (plus 9.5% superannuation)
  • 1 year fixed term contract
  • Full-time position (35 hours per week)

Level A Responsibilities

  • Conducts research in the area of the development and prototyping of numerical and analytical workflows for coupled Geomechanics across the scales, independently and as part of a team
  • Develop appropriate tools and algorithms for local and global bifurcation analyses in Geomechanics
  • Link developed algorithms with a recent Geomechanics theory, combining modern computational assisted petrophysics and material science concepts
  • Design and develop numerical tools for material instabilities across the scales in Geomechanics
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate
  • Independently seek and apply for external funding opportunities to grow and enhance the research project, including obtaining grants for the unconventional Geomechanics research group
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required
  • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

 Level B Responsibilities

  • A significant contribution to the project and lead areas of the project, where the opportunity arises
  • Joint supervision of honours and HDR students.

 Selection Criteria for Level A

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) in Geomechanics, Theoretical and Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or related area
  • Demonstrated skills in analytical and numerical techniques for problem-solving coupled systems of highly nonlinear partial differential equations
  • Demonstrated capability of programming in object orientated languages is highly desired
  • Expertise in asymptotic analysis and nonlinear bifurcation techniques for Geomechanics, and equivalent research record relevant for Multiphysics modelling in Geomechanics
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

 Selection Criteria for Level B

  • PhD in Geomechanics, Theoretical and Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or related area, with demonstrated expertise in all three disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise Honours and postgraduate research students

Pre-employment checks required for this position including qualification verification.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb

Applications close: 2nd December at 11 pm