Research Assistant in Electrical Discharge Machining

Melbourne, Australia
13 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Bundoora Location
  • Full time, 18-month Fixed Term Contract
  • $66,304-$89,935 + Superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for our students.

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.

As a top 100 University in the world for engineering (2018 OS Rankings by Faculty; Engineering and Technology), RMIT Engineering provides students with work-relevant education programs, access to excellent research facilities and opportunities to engage in creative real-world project work through robust relations with local and international industry leaders.

The Role & Your Responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Research Assistant is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (DP180100762) 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.

The Research Assistant will specifically assist the chief investigators by undertaking research as specified in the ARC proposal. You will be expected to participate in planning and executing research and generating papers, reports and writing research grants.

Skills & Experience Required

As the successful candidate, you will have a strong background in electrical discharge machining (EDM) or wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM). Your emerging track record of original research in relevant areas will be highly regarded. You will possess the ability to contribute to teaching and learning activities, as well as the co-supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate and HDR students. In addition, you will have demonstrated ability to work effectively both as a member of a research team and independently when required, to meet project outcomes and milestones.

Mandatory: PhD in Manufacturing/Mechanical/Materials Engineering, or related discipline

To Apply

For further information please contact Mark Easton on +61 3 9925 6278 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 571387.

Applications close on Thursday 14th March 2019.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

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.

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