Research Engineer

Melbourne, Australia
16 Sep 2021
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Located at our Geelong Waurn Ponds campus
  • Full-time, fixed-term position until end of March 2023
  • HEW 6 $82,494 p.a + 17% Superannuation 

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) is a vibrant, multicultural research institute, graduating more than 30 PhD students a year and training 80 post-docs at any given time. We address material challenges in the energy, mining, environment, health, transport and manufacturing sectors.

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Engineer to join the team to provide high level experimental support to academic staff and postgraduate students.   As the successful candidate, you will conduct planned experiments and complete technical reports and work within the plastic pipe team at IFM Waurn Ponds, researching interactions of plastics with hydrogen and other fuels and understanding failure modes.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Initiate and conduct research under limited supervision either as a member of a team, or independently to achieve the objectives of the project.
  • Work with the industry partners as required to deliver the milestones and appropriate KPIs.
  • Constructively contribute to a vibrant research team, including participating with colleagues in developing and maintaining links and partnerships with industry and the wider community.
  • Supporting and assisting with research, scholarship or creative activity in particular in developing techniques to measure failure modes in plastics.
  • Work independently to find solutions to provided problems.
  • Supporting and assisting with the successful application of scholarly and research expertise to innovation and invention, with appropriate involvement in the commercialisation of outcomes.
  • Promote the activities of the University, particularly those relating to research and industry engagement, within academic and professional communities locally and in Australia.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. PhD qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to write technical reports.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills including the demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard of laboratory and data record keeping.
  • Technical skills related to the establishment of new laboratory instruments. *Desirable
  • Experience with polymer mechanical testing. *Desirable
  • Experience with a range of experimental techniques to understand mechanical properties of materials.
  • Ability to work independently.

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role.  Applications for this position close on Monday 4th October 2021.

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details). 

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, sexual orientation, and genders