Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Penrith Campus
12 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Full Time

Centre for Infrastructure Engineering, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Ref 1479/16
Penrith Campus

Full-Time, Fixed-Term Position until 31 March 2018.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP) - Bushfire-enhanced wind and its effects on buildings.
Bushfire-enhanced winds have caused considerable property damage and loss of lives. Prof Kenny Kwok and Dr Yaping He at Western Sydney University have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant to investigate the mechanisms governing bushfire-wind interaction and determine the wind load effects on buildings due to bushfire-enhanced wind. This research aims to advance our understanding of bushfire-wind-structure interaction. The outcome will serve to guide the development of improved building construction standards for bushfire-prone regions in Australia and the rest of the world to safeguards lives and properties against the increasing threat of bushfire due to climate change.

Applications for one position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow are invited from suitably qualified candidates to participate in this research project. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant engineering discipline, such as civil, mechanical and/or fire engineering, with expertise in one or more of the following specialisations: combustion, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, wind engineering, structural analysis and design. Experience in numerical/computational simulation techniques and/or experimental studies is essential.

Applicants must also possess advanced inter-personal and communication skills, and be able to work in a team environment and conduct research collaboratively. A demonstrated track record of successful research grant and quality research publications is highly desirable.

The appointee will be involved in the full range of academic duties in relation to aforementioned project. The position holder is expected to conduct high-level independent research commensurate to the position and achieve a high-level of research productivity. In particular, the appointee will be responsible for developing and implementing numerical methods to address the research problem. He/she will also contribute to co-supervisions of PhD and honours students involved in the project.

The appointee may be required to travel interstate and overseas to conduct experiments in collaborating institutions.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A Step 3-4 $93,659 to $99,365 p.a. (comprising Salary $84,498 to $89,646 p.a., plus 9.5% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading.)  After 12 months continuous service the appointee may become eligible to receive 17% employer superannuation contribution.

Position Enquiries: Professor Kenny Kwok, and/or Dr Yaping He,

Closing Date: 30 November 2016