Postdoctoral Research Associate in Smart Packaging

Sydney, Australia
10 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Centre of Excellence for Advanced Food Enginomics
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Work closely with academia on research in smart packaging
  • Full-time fixed term for 3 years with possibility of extension subject to funding
  • Remuneration package: $106K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity

The Centre of Excellence for Advanced Food Enginomics (CAFE) has been established at the University of Sydney in 2017. This centre aims to meet the food and health challenges of the 21st century creating and delivering nutritious and wholesome processed foods to improve human well-being. CAFE comprises a cross-disciplinary cluster of high profile and industry-focused researchers specialised in engineering, agriculture, business, science, molecular biology and medicine.

This centre will provide a unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment with experienced researchers and a broad range of biotechnology and food processing/manufacturing stakeholders. As such, you will be expected to be involved in a collaborative research across different disciplines.

About you

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate with a strong engineering background and expertise in polymer & nanomaterial synthesis/process and sensor design to undertake relevant, future-facing and industry-focussed research in the area of Smart Packaging. Suitably qualified applicants will have demonstrated experience in sensor development for food safety and traceability and in the development of biodegradable polymers to reduce the consumption of non-degradable polymers in food supply chain. Additional skills in 3D printing, intelligent food packaging, and electronic chemical sensors will be ideal for this position. You will productively drive and conduct research in Innovation in Supply Chain research theme.

You will be expected to:

  • contribute effectively to all aspects of a broad-ranging, collaborative, fundamental research program, aimed at addressing a range of interdisciplinary issues
  • provide clear leadership and coordination across your particular field of research
  • manage the day-to-day operations of several (up to 5) focused research projects; this will include postgraduate student training and supervision
  • coordinate the preparation and publication of high-quality conference and journal papers
  • assist senior management in the preparation of competitive grant applications in line with the longer term aspirations of CAFE
  • liaise closely with each of the research themes;
  • ensure that all aspects of the research program are conducted according to WHS regulations.

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • a PhD in polymer engineering/nanotechnology/chemical science (or a closely allied field) from a reputable institution
  • experience in polymer processing and characterization, the design and development of sensors for food logistics and supply chain management and optimisation, food analytical methods
  • a demonstrated ability to independently design and budget a research plan 
  • demonstrated research skills together with a proven capacity for independently managing collaborative research projects
  • experience in research training, including the supervision of honours students
  • a strong record of achieving research outcomes (including conference and journal publications)
  • a proven track record of working collaboratively across different research disciplines
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills with high level of competency in both written and spoken English.

Desirable criteria are:

  • expertise in modelling and optimisation of supply chain and logistics data, data management, robotics in agriculture, internet of things
  • demonstrated track record in supervision of postgraduate students
  • a track record of success in obtaining competitive research funding.
  • experience in industry

The position is full-time fixed term for three years, with potential for extension subject to funding and is subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. CAFE supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position.

Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

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 our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 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 12 November 2017 Sydney Time

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.

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