Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration

Sydney, Australia
$94,151 to $101,063 pa (Level A.3-4). This role attracts 17% superannuation
28 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

At UTS the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose. We are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. We are among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines. UTS Equal Futures celebrates and supports women in academia through every stage of their career.

As part of Athena SWAN, UTS has set an overarching target of 40 per cent academic women in STEMM by 2022. The Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration is committed to UTS's target and supporting the career development of women academics. UTS Women in Engineering & IT program fosters a network of passionate females and males who are actively involved in the development of our next generation of young engineering and IT professionals.

The Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to play a key role in academic activities related to the Human Science Frontier Program grant &Good vibes: how do plants recognize and respond to pollinator vibroacoustic signals& an international collaborators of the University of Turin, and the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, Valencia. The position will be based at the centrally located UTS Tech Lab in Botany and will report directly to Associate Professor, Dr Sebastian Oberst.

The Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration (CAAV) is a new research centre devoted to applied research in audio, acoustics and vibration. CAAV will host brand new state-of-the art experimental facilities, and aims to develop national and international partnerships with universities and industry.

About the role

  • Working with plants and their interaction and communication with pollinators (insects) in course of the recently funded Human Science Frontier Program grant &Good vibes: how do plants recognise and respond to pollinator vibroacoustic signals?” (
  • Collaborative project with University Turin (Prof Barbero) and the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (Dr Tomás Matus).
  • Strong interest to push the boundaries in physics-informed data science in relation to ethiology, and plant biology
  • Supervising UG student projects; group projects; setting up workshops for UG students, and the coordination of meetings and project assistance

About you

  • PhD in Physics, Mathematics or Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, or Theoretical Mechanics with an interest in bioacoustics/biomechanics or Biophysics, Mathematical Physics
  • Experience in mathematical modelling of nonlinear dynamical systems
  • Demonstrated expertise in sparse identification and data analysis/pattern recognition and physics-based time series analysis. as applied to the natural sciences/ biological systems
  • Desired experience in bioacoustics, specifically in biotremology.
  • Self-driven, motivated individual who is able to work autonomously or to contribute to the team;

Knowledge and/or experience in the following areas is highly regarded: 

  • Machine learning/computational intelligence, dynamical systems, complex dynamics
  • Plant physiology or entomology/biotremology with connection to plant behavioural responses to the environment

For the full list of selection criteria and role responsibilities, please download the attached Position Statement from the documents section below.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $94,151 to $101,063 pa (Level A.3-4). This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 24 months.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

How To Apply

Please click the Apply link to be taken to the UTS website.  Here you can download:

  • full details of the application process;
  • a copy of the position statement; and
  • information on remuneration, benefits, terms and conditions.

Please use reference number IRC220370 in all correspondence

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to Marie Hetherington in the UTS Recruitment Team at

Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.

Closing Date: Monday, 7th November 2022 at 11:59 pm (AEST)

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia's top young university, and located centrally in one of the world's most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. 


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