Research Fellow, Flow-Structure Interactions in Maritime and Aerospace Domains

Melbourne, Australia
£54,827.19 - £65,108.51 per annum
05 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, 1 -year fixed-term contract based at RMIT Bundoora campus but may be required to work and/or be based at another campus of the University
  • Open to Australian Citizen only and eligible to obtain defence security clearance
  • Research and development activities focusing on CFD and FSI aero/hydrodynamic modelling and computational tools in support of both ADF (F35 Sustainment) and Navy (Future Submarine) program
  • Opportunities to conduct innovative research activities with collaboration with Australian Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and Maritime and Aerospace Divisions
  • Report directly to the Associate Dean, Engineering, Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
  • Remuneration for Academic Level B ($98,495 - $116,965) + 17% superannuation

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMITs leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


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Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the College

The College comprises four Schools delivering a broad range of programs in science, engineering, health and technology at apprenticeship, certificate, bachelor, masters and PhD levels. Many programs articulate between vocational and higher education, creating pathways for further study. There is a vibrant research community attracting funding from a range of government and industry sources. The College has an annual income of approximately $425 million and employs over 1,000 staff providing on and offshore programs to approximately 20,000 students.

The School of Engineering comprises a diverse range of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering & Aviation; Chemical & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical & Biomedical Engineering; Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical & Automotive Engineering.

As a top 100 university in the world for engineering (2015 QS 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.

More details on the School of Engineering in this link.

About You and the Role

You will responsible:

  • Evidence and hands-on experience and record in conducting research in CFD and FSI aero/hydrodynamic modelling, and computational modelling, simulation and system identification tools;
  • Perform high-impact engineering research and development activities through the numerical simulation and analysis of aeroelastic systems applied to aerospace/maritime platforms, in support of activities sponsored by the Australian Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, Maritime and Aerospace Divisions;
  • Carry out research project in the areas associated with computational aero/hydrodynamics and FSI, and provide research guidance to postgraduate students and other research fellows associated within this area of research;
  • Contribute and collaborate with national and international researchers, particularly focussing on linkages with industries in the aerospace and naval sector and US laboratories including AFRL, ONR, and NRL;
  • Be actively involved in the project management of the research as well as contribute and deliver impactful research outcomes & reports that are relevant to the funding body
  • Prepare and publish high quality articles in high impact journals in line RMITs intellectual property obligations set out in the primary contract for the projects;
  • Contribute 10% of your time to mentor & supervise postgraduate students and participate in learning program activities appropriate to areas of expertise as well as administrative functions related to the research project.

You will have:

  • An emerging track records in publishing high-quality journal articles and conferences, and/or research project reports, in research areas relevant to this area;
  • Ability to communicate (both verbal and written) research concepts and knowledge through demonstrated high-quality technical reports and presentational skills;
  • High-level of focus, as well as strong organisational and analytical skills, equipped with ability to identify ways to perform experimental procedures successfully within a team environment in collaboration with industry and/or other relevant stakeholders;
  • Experience in co-supervising postgraduate by research students with ability to teach and/or mentor in the relevant areas of expertise.


Mandatory: PhD or equivalent experience in the field related to Aerospace Engineering.

Desirable: Candidates with hands-on experience or expertise in CFD and FSI aero/hydrodynamic modelling, and computational modelling, simulation and system identification tools are encouraged to apply.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

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To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your experience and achievements by clicking on the 'Apply now link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required. For any enquiries regarding this role, please contact, Professor Pier Marzocca, Associate Dean, Aerospace Engineering & Aviation (

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

Applications close Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

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.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australias immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: