Postdoctoral Research Associate in Structural Health Monitoring

Sydney, Australia
$97,043 p.a. - $107,516 p.a. pro rata + 17% superannuation
16 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
30 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Fixed term for 12 months, part-time opportunity (0.7FTE) located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Civil Engineering
  • Collaborate with industry partners and contribute to research in structural health
  • Base Salary, Level A, $97,043 p.a. - $107,516 p.a. pro rata + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Civil Engineering has a reputation for the quality of its graduates, for the breadth, depth and innovation in its undergraduate curriculum, and for the strength of its research and postgraduate teaching programs. We are currently seeking a postdoctoral research associate in Structural Health Monitoring to work within the Smart Materials and Sustainable Structures (SMS2) research group. The project will produce high performance, low-cost fibre optics and advance their use in health monitoring of infrastructures by carrying out an integrated experimental and field analysis, machine learning modelling and digital twin solution. Outcomes of this novel approach provide a holistic, end-to-end fibre optic structural health monitoring strategy that effectively integrates embedded optical sensors, artificial intelligence and computational modelling for realtime remote monitoring of reinforced concrete bridges. The project is carried out in collaboration with New South Wales Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) and Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW).

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Optics and Photonics or a closely related discipline
  • experience in concrete structures and structural health monitoring using fibre optics
  • a high level of expertise in experimental design and testing
  • a demonstrated commitment and success in delivering high-quality and innovative research
  • a high level of oral and communication skills
  • a proven ability to interact effectively with students, staff, industry and the community
  • experience in conducting original research and/or engaging in scholarly activity
  • experience in machine learning modelling and digital twin modelling is highly desirable.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

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