Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Tribology

Hawthorn, Australia
27 May 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Contribute to a key Australian Research Council Discovery Project
  • Full time, 2-year fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus
  • Academic Level A6 to A8 $87,603 - $93,896 + 17% superannuation

About the Job

The Department of Mathematics is seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow to make a significant contribution to an ARC Discovery Project on the Molecular Design of Complex Lubricants to Reduce Friction. This project is a collaboration with both PhD students and researchers at RMIT University and at Imperial College London.

In this role, you will play a key role in implementing new molecular dynamics algorithms to predict the friction of realistic contacts under mechanical operating conditions of high strain rates, temperatures and pressures. Your work will have a direct impact in developing and implementing nonequilibrium molecular dynamics algorithms and generating results. As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will investigate potential new lubricants that significantly reduce frictional dissipation and greenhouse gas emissions.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems. If you’re interested in working on today’s most exciting challenges, collaborating with leaders in their discipline and being supported by some of the best technology and facilities in the country, then you should be at Swinburne.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A doctoral degree in Physics, Theoretical or Physical Chemistry, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or a relevant field
  • Experience in molecular dynamics simulation, molecular modelling, computational science using complex computer science techniques in analysis
  • Proficiency or ability to become proficient quickly in C/C++ programming languages
  • Expertise, or the ability to rapidly gain expertise, in the LAMMPS software package
  • Knowledge of statistical mechanics, tribology, rheology and fluid mechanics

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


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  • Private health insurance discounts
  • Weekly yoga and Pilates classes
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How to apply and further information

Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. For further information about this position, contact Professor Billy Todd on +613 9214 8740 or via email at

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Applications close at 5 pm on 30 June 2020