Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Minerals and Energy Engineering

Sydney, Australia
01 Oct 2019
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30 Oct 2019
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.

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

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.

About the role

  • Level A - $95,449 – $102,091 plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading
  • Level B - $107,210 – $126,386 plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed Term - 12 months
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Postdoctoral Fellow will carry out the research activities in the area of mining engineering and rock mechanics and assist the Head of School with the supervision of research students.

The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to the Head of School and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level A

  • Conducting research in the area of mining engineering and rock mechanics independently and as part of a team.
  • Contributing to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners.
  • Assisting with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Contributing to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate.
  • Participating in and/or presenting at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required, including overseas travel.

Level B (in addition to the above)

  • More significant contribute to the project and lead areas of the project where the opportunity arises.
  • Supervision of PhD and research students.
  • Create a scholarly impact in the discipline which is recognised by peers in advancement of disciplinary knowledge.
  • Achieve a citation rate or proportion of research outputs in most prestigious outlets (e.g. A/A* or equivalent) in line with discipline and leading universities.
  • Participates in the definition of research directions and actively contributes to the coordination of research activities and research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Independently seek and apply for external funding opportunities to grow and enhance the research project.

About the successful applicant:

Level A

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) in engineering or related area.
  • Demonstrated experience in research in fundamental rock mechanics, including, but not limited to, dynamic rock failures, mining induced subsidence, pillar design, ground support, rock mass classification and 2D/3D numerical modelling.
  • Demonstrated capability in performing geomechanical experiments.
  • Demonstrated capability in performing advanced numerical modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Experience working in mines is desirable.

Level B (in addition to the above)

  • At least two years of experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of mining engineering and rock mechanics.
  • Proven research and publication track record, particularly in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Hayley Randall

Talent Acquisition Consultant

Applications close: 11:30 pm, 30th October 2019