Principal Research Fellow in Unconventional Energy

University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia
(Level D) $134,801- $148,510 / (Level E) $173,642 per annum
06 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2016
Tania Lovering
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Exciting opportunity in Unconventional Energy Resources

The University of Adelaide is a centre of excellence for fundamental and applied research, innovation, and technology transfer in petroleum research, through its Australian School of Petroleum (ASP), a world-class centre for petroleum education, training and research, and its Institute for Mineral & Energy Resources (IMER), established to lead interdisciplinary research across earth sciences, resource engineering and energy technology.

The University of Adelaide has secured the funding and support for a Professor/Associate Professor to provide strong leadership in research and development of unconventional petroleum (gas and oil) reservoirs. Funding is from the South Australian Government and industry stakeholders. Funding is also available to support a program of visiting global Subject Matter Experts and graduate student scholarships.

Our goal is to establish a world-leading research centre focused on deep unconventional petroleum reservoirs that will address issues of global significance but with particular reference to challenges faced in the development of Australia's huge resources trapped in unconventional reservoirs, many of which are located in or close to South Australia.

Ideally, you will have a proven track record in applied research related to the extraction of hydrocarbons from unconventional reservoirs. Expertise in geomechanics and rock properties would be particularly useful as would an expert knowledge in fracture stimulation and a history of collaboration with industry partners.

Salary: (Level D) $134,801- $148,510 / (Level E) $173,642 per annum, depending upon experience and qualifications.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 17% may apply.

Term of position: This is a four-year fixed-term contract and is available immediately.

Position requirements

  • A PhD in engineering, geoscience or physics (or equivalent experience).
  • Petroleum industry experience and/or a track record that demonstrates successful industry collaboration.
  • Recognised research related to the recovery of unconventional petroleum resources.
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to engage in cooperative research in unconventional petroleum resources.

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Professor Peter McCabe, Head Australian School of Petroleum, telephone +61 8313 8015 or email

Closing date: 21 October 2016

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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