Research Officer/Research Fellow in Computer Science

Melbourne, Australia
05 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Academic Levels A/B $65,064 - $110,372 per annumplus 17% superannuation. This is a full time(36.75hours per week)fixed term position for 3 Years.

  • Collaborative, innovative and supportive work environment
  • Apply your creative talents to a range of varied tasks
  • Located at our WerribeeCampus (can be relocated to other campuses)

About the Role

The overall purpose of this position is to assist improvement and utilization of Fire Dynamics Simulator, FDS (developed by National Institute of Standard and Technology, US) and its wildfire version Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator, WFDS (improved/ maintained by US Forest Department).

The work will be performed as part of a Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) of Australia funded project. The project will be administered by Victoria University (Australia) and the University of Melbourne will be a collaborative partner. The project also has collaborative links to NIST, the US Forest Department, and Aix-Marseilles University.

Specifically, the person in this role will conduct fundamental and translational research into wild fire spread. The research activities involve simulating sub-canopy wind flow and conducting parametric studies of surface fire propagation. The results of these fundamental studies will be applied to solve real-world problems posed by operational fire behaviour analysts within the end-user group of the BNHCRC. This includes developing wind-reduction factors for fire propagation through homogenous and heterogeneous canopies, modelling firebrand transport, and the reappraisal of Australian Standard AS3959.

About the Person

You will have a deep understanding of the fundamentals of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), pyrolysis, heat transfer, and combustion. You are expected to have successfully used at least one of the physics-based wild fire models such as FDS/WFDS, FIRESTAR, FIRETEC or WildFireFoam. You will be required to get conversant with the FDS/WFDS source code and will be expected to modify some of its subroutines. You will be thoroughly acquainted with FORTRAN 90, MPI, and OpenMP. You are also expected to have experience with post processing simulation data using Matlab (preferred), Python, or other similar language.  You will also have demonstrated experience using Linux-based high performance computing.


Duties will include:

  • Generation and analysis of the necessary numerical data to deliver the milestones set in the contract with the BNHCRC
  • Utilisation, and wherever appropriate the development and refinement of the physics-based three-dimensional comprehensive bushfire model WFDS/FDS
  • Translational research which takes the simulation results and subsequent analysis and develops useful tools for operational wild fire analysts
  • Validation of the model against benchmark laboratory-scale data and field-scale case studies involving firebrand transport, grassfire and forest fire propagation.  


  • Salary sacrifice options
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • On-site gym, parking and more!

How to apply:

For a Position Description and to submit an application please visit our website

Applications must be submitted as a single document comprising;

  • A cover letter
  • Your CV
  • Your responses to the selection criteria listed in the Position Description

Please note:  Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications Close 4.00 pm Tuesday 27 February 2018