Research Fellow in Ocean Engineering

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
05 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
04 Jan 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time (part-time is negotiable) / Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Salary: Level A – $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering

The School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering undertakes teaching and research across a range of disciplines that are internationally recognised for their contribution to fundamental research. It has a number of well-established industry linkages and international partnerships.

About the Role

The successful applicant will work on a project funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning of Victoria (DELWP), intended to study current and future Metocean climate of Port Phillip Bay (PPB) and surrounding maritime areas. This exciting multidisciplinary research aims at validating the models and simulating wave climate in PPB, with the purpose of its statistical descriptions, and exploring connections of the Metocean climate to sediment transport, biogeochemistry and other processes in the Bay.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct numerical modelling research including pre/post-processing input/outputs, model calibration and validation, data (model and observations) analysis and visualisation
  • Independently plan and carry out research on the nominated research project and work towards completion of the aims of the project
  • Perform data and microstructure analysis, and be responsible for qualitative and statistical analysis of research data and to communicate this information to the Chief Investigators and collaborators
  • Participate in preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals

About You

You will have strong written and oral communication skills and demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences. 

You will also have:

  • A PhD (or near completion) in ocean/coastal engineering, physical oceanography, applied fluid dynamics or mathematics.
  • Experience in coupled ocean/wave models (unstructured grid is highly desirable)
  • Experience in extreme geoscience (e.g. ocean wave) data analysis and return period estimates, annual exceedance probability (AEP).
  • Experience with Linux-based systems (e.g. Ubuntu, Redhat) with programming skills (e.g. Python, MATLAB).

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

Applications close: 4th January 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0057857_Research Fellow in Ocean Engineering_PD.pdf