Postdoctoral Research Fellow/ Research Fellow, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Brisbane, Australia
04 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering is one of the largest Schools of this type in Australia with at least 75 full-time academic staff members who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds. The research team is actively involved in the prestigious Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) and Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Manufacturing.

The Advanced Forming group, led by Professor Paul Meehan, is designing, developing and testing predictive simulation models and control algorithms for a novel advanced manufacturing process known as Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF). In particular, this large collaborative project will develop and validate various advanced simulation techniques to predict process forces and product shape. This will result in a rapid simulation software kernel for process prediction and optimisation. In addition, advanced model predictive feedback control will utilise validated models to represent and optimise process states to increase robustness and accuracy, thus enabling ISF as a commercially viable process. Research will be performed in collaboration with a global aerospace and defence industry partner. 

The role

The successful appointee will perform research and project management including modelling, development and testing of new algorithms and/or processes. You will also report results to industry and academia in the area of advanced forming.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD (or thesis submission) in mechanical or civil engineering or related field such as applied physics or mathematics. You should have a developed and highly-productive research career in the field of your PhD, with publications in high quality journals. Ability and willingness to supervise honours and RHD students and participate in the teaching of course work students. The ability to develop mathematical models for mechanics problems, Simulate mechanics phenomena using software tools, design and implement computer code for mechanical problems and prepare effective reports on designs, modelling, lab and field results. High level interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion. Applications are particularly encouraged from women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Research Academic level A or B. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,533 - $87,535 p.a. for Level A and $92,142 - $109,419 p.a. for Level B, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,503 - $102,415 p.a. for Level A and $107,806 - $128,020 p.a. for Level B).

Position Description

504565_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Paul Meehan on +61 7 336 54320 or

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