Research Officer in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Melbourne, Australia
18 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Convenient CBD Location
  • Full-Time, 18 month Fixed-Term Position starting January 2018
  • $82,143 - $88,172 p.a. + 17% Superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

The School of Engineering comprises a diverse range of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering and Aviation; Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Civil and Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical and Biomedical Engineering; Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials and Mechatronics Engineering; Mechanical and Automotive Engineering.

As a top 100 university in the world for engineering (2015 QS Rankings by Faculty; Engineering and Technology), RMIT Engineering provides students with work-relevant education programs, access to excellent research facilities and opportunities to engage in creative real-world project work through robust relations with local and international industry leaders.

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The Role

The Research Officer will contribute to the research activities of the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ARC-IITC) for Lightweight Automotive Structures, known as ATLAS.

Your Responsibilities

The Research Officer will undertake research and development work into the project 'Influence of heat treatment and chemistry on the bendability and toughness of 6xxx aluminium alloys'. In particular, the Research Officer would be expected to undertake extrusion activities in collaboration with Deakin University, develop an understanding of alloy and process variables on alloy performance metrics such as bendability and fatigue.

Skills & Experience Required

You will possess a PhD in a relevant field in conjunction to having expertise in the thermomechanical processing and/or formability of metallic materials, mechanical property testing and analysis, and/or microstructure characterisation. Preferably you will also have experience in materials characterisation including Optical, Digital Image Correlation (DIC), SEM and TEM and/or XRD. A proven track record of high quality journal papers and a proven ability to initiate and undertake scientific research and development will be essential to your success in the role.

To Apply

For further information please contact Mark Easton on +61 3 9925 6278 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558651.

Applications close on Thursday 16th November 2017.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.