Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mechanical Engineering

Brisbane, Australia
19 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

With an excellent reputation for quality graduate training and research performance, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering delivers a comprehensive range of programs in aerospace, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and mining engineering.

Boasting strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, we are focused on strengthening our position in the engineering community. We will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow by attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment.

The School recognises and values equity and diversity, and encourages applications from any individual who meets the requirements of this position, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other protected attributes. The School strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University, is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.

For more information about the School, please visit:

The role

The successful appointee will be responsible for undertaking fundamental and applied research in the areas of computational fluid-solid mechanics and CSG production, including, but not limited to:

  • The development, implementation, and demonstration of large-scale computational models of fluid-particle and fluid-solid systems featuring a range of physical phenomena (e.g. electrostatics);
  • The upscaling of suspension transport phenomena for incorporation in CSG production modelling;
  • Uncertainty quantification for both particle-scale and production-scale models.

The successful appointee will be embedded within a multidisciplinary group of researchers and students from the School and the CCSG, and have access to:

  • Industry-relevant data and processes;
  • A range of in-house, open-source, and commercial software packages, and;
  • Large-scale high performance computing infrastructure at an institutional and national level.

This position will provide opportunities to work with the local CSG industry, and to develop new research activities that may or may not be related to CSG production.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD (or thesis submission) in mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering or related field such as applied physics or mathematics. You should possess demonstrated expert knowledge in the area of large-scale computational mechanics. A demonstrated ability to develop computational models of complex fluid-particle and fluid-solid systems, implement these models within a high-performance-computing (HPC) framework, and then benchmark their performance is essential.

Detailed understanding of and experience working with the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) for fluid mechanics, the discrete element method (DEM) for particle mechanics, and statistical methods for uncertainty quantification will be highly regarded.

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.

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 at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $78,775 - $90,982p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $92,167 - $106,449p.a.).

Position Description

 507216_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Christopher Leonardi on +61 7 3365 3761 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, resume, and a written statement that addresses the selection criteria.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Advertised: 19 Mar 2019
Applications close: 17 Mar 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time