Postdoctoral Research Associate in Buoyancy Driven Flows

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
29 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

Reference no. 589/0317

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in Buoyancy Driven Flows
  • Full-time, 2 year, fixed term position, remuneration package: $106k -$114k p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity
Applications are invited for the appointment of one Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) in the School of Civil Engineering, within the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney.

The successful candidate will work on a project funded by the Australian Research Council, aiming to develop advanced understanding of the laminar to turbulent transition of thermal boundary layers and effective strategies to manipulate the transition and heat transfer.

As the School of Civil Engineering is strengthening its research and teaching capabilities in the area of fluids/environmental engineering, this is an exciting opportunity for individuals to expand on their existing research experience or to start a new research career.

You will become a core member of the Centre for Wind, Waves and Water headed by Prof John Patterson and A/Prof Chengwang Lei, and will be required to undertake research into buoyancy driven flows and publish the outcomes in the refereed literature. Your previous coverage in experimental fluid mechanics and heat transfer will be highly regarded so as to complement the group’s existing expertise in experimental, computational and theoretical fluid dynamics.

About you
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses demonstrated expertise in:

  • experimental fluid mechanics or heat transfer
  • publishing research outcomes in high-quality international journals
  • an ability and willingness to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • conducting independent research under limited supervision
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • ability to work in a complex and challenging environment.

The successful person should demonstrate outstanding research potential or experience, with a PhD in engineering or a related field. The ability to publish research outcomes in high-quality international journals is also an essential criterion. Having experience in computational fluid dynamics, stability analyses and buoyancy driven flows will be well regarded.

About us
Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.


For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

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Closing date: 11:30pm 30 April 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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