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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Mathematical Modelling)

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $108,906 p.a. pro rata plus 17% super
Closing date
28 Dec 2023

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Job Details

Job no: 0060591 
Location: Werribee and Parkville
Role type: Part Time (0.8 FTE); Continuing (Research Contingent)
Faculty: Faculty of Science  
School: Melbourne Veterinary School 
Salary: Level A – $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. pro rata plus 17% super 

  • An exciting opportunity to join a collaborative project in mathematical modelling
  • Be a part of a larger research group working in collaboration with the horse racing industry to improve safety and welfare outcomes
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families! 

About the Role 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will play a key role in a collaborative project between the Equine Orthopaedic Research Group and the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. Focused on mathematical modelling of equine bone injury, the position involves independent research planning and execution, mathematical modelling, and data analysis. The ultimate goal is to improve safety and welfare outcomes in collaboration with the horse racing industry.  

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Plan and execute research independently under general guidance from senior academic researchers. 
  • Develop effective timelines and milestones aligned with the program's goals. 
  • Perform mathematical modelling and statistical analysis of research data, contributing to valuable insights in the field of equine bone injury. 
  • Participate in the preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and actively contribute to research dissemination through seminars, conferences, and publications. 
  • Contribute to the overall development of the Department’s and the School’s research program and play a role in research training, scientific mentoring, and supervision of student research projects. 

Who We Are Looking For 

You can conduct independent research, demonstrating flexibility, self-motivation, and effective task prioritisation to meet project objectives within specified timelines. Strong communication skills, both technical and non-technical, are essential, as is the ability to collaborate positively in a multidisciplinary team, engage with diverse stakeholders, and interact courteously. Ideally, you have some experience in engaging with relevant industry bodies, supervision of students or research assistants, and familiarity with ethics applications and grant submissions.  

You will also have: 

  • A PhD (or near completion of a PhD) in mathematical modelling, mathematical biology, applied mathematics or a related discipline. 
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in mathematical modelling of biological processes with ODEs, simulations and/or analysis in R/Matlab. 
  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity. 

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.  

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.  

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.  

Your New Team – The Equine Orthopaedic Research Group

The Equine Orthopaedic Research Group in the Melbourne Veterinary School conducts research aimed at the prevention of musculoskeletal injury in athletic horses. We are a multidisciplinary research group using detailed investigation of bone microstructure, bone biomechanical properties, computational modelling of limb loads and epidemiological studies of injury to investigate the causes of bone and joint injury in horses and to develop preventative strategies that can be implemented by the equine industry -

What We Offer You! 

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page! 

About the University of Melbourne 

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page. 

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants 

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne. 

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit - 

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:  

  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience 
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description) 
  1. A PhD (or near completion of a PhD) in mathematical modelling, mathematical biology, applied mathematics or a related discipline
  2. Strong quantitative skills and experience in mathematical modelling of biological processes with ODEs, simulations and/or analysis in R/Matlab, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records
  3. Ability to perform independent research, be flexible, self-motivated, and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines
  4. A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity
  5. Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address. 

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description. 

Applications close: 28 DECEMBER 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) 

Position Description: 0060591 Postdoc_Mathematical_Model_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

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The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

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