Research Associate, Magnetic Resonance Downhole Tools

Perth, Australia
01 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Two year fixed term appointment
  • Salary: Level A step 8, $93,653 p.a. plus superannuation

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The School of Engineering is a multidisciplinary school offering education and research in a number of engineering disciplines. This includes civil, environmental, mining, chemical, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.  Successful applicants will work primarily in the large Fluid Science and Resources Research (FSRR) Group ( which primarily conducts research across the resources industry. The relevant theme to these positions focusses on the use of NMR techniques for the characterisation of porous media.   

This position reports to Professor Mike Johns, who co-leads the Fluid Science and Resources (FSRR) group. This is a collaboration between the FSRR group and RIG Technologies/Wallis Drilling.  As such research supervision will also be provided by Dr Tim Hopper, who is the CTO and Managing Director at RIG Technologies.

About the opportunity

You will be working with both the FSRR group at UWA and RIG Technologies as part of a vibrant team of research engineers and applied physicists, the position will concentrate on the development of Magnetic Resonance ‘Logging whilst Drilling’ downhole tools for various metrology applications across the mining sector.  This builds directly on a range of MR logging tools already in commercial operation across the globe. A key, specific research focus of the position will be the inclusion on Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) detection for direct downhole mineral characterisation, as well as optimisation of downhole energy scavenging strategies to allow for remote operation.   

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in a relevant field.
  • Strong track record of research publication relative to opportunity
  • Extensive research experience, preferably with a strong interface to industrial application 
  • Research experience with NMR or NQR hardware development and associated software requirements
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and work collaboratively

Closing date:  Monday, 18 November 2019

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. You are also encouraged to supply a curriculum vitae in support of your application.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
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