Postdoctoral Fellow in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

University of New South Wales School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

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The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the largest and most prestigious in Australia, with 2500 student enrolments, 80 academic staff, 25 professional staff, and total annual budget of over $22 million including external research grants. Our mission is to prepare students for careers of leadership and innovation, create new scientific advances, and translate research outcomes to positively impact national and global industry and society. We are seeking to attract high-calibre researchers and educators to expand our thriving research programs and contribute to our education excellence in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics.

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The Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in the research objectives of two projects:

  • the Australian Renewable Energy Agency project entitled “Integrating Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy into the Bayer Alumina Process”; and
  • the Australian Renewable Energy Agency project entitled “Enabling efficient, affordable and robust use of renewable hydrogen in transport and power generation”

In both projects, the work will involve the development, application and analysis of advanced numerical models of turbulent, chemically reacting and/or multiphase flows. 

About the role

  • $96k - $109k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 19 months
  • Full time (35 hours)

The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Professor Evatt Hawkes and has nil direct reports..

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research in both projects independently and as part of a team;
  • Develop advanced, massively parallel, numerical models of turbulent multiphase and/or combusting flows, and post-processing tools to analyse data resulting from these models;
  • Plan, carry out, and analyse advanced numerical simulations of turbulent multiphase and/or combusting flows;
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners;
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones;
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project, as requires;
  • Assist with data management and curation where required;
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk;
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)


  • A PhD (or soon to be awarded) in Mechanical Engineering or related field;
  • Strong understanding of, and direct experience with, high-fidelity simulations (direct numerical simulations or large-eddy simulations) of turbulent flows using high-performance computing;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Highly desirable

  • Strong understanding of, and direct experience with, turbulent multiphase and/or combustion modelling, especially direct numerical simulations;
  • Demonstrated experience of code development and massively parallel high-performance computing using Pele-LM;
  • Interest in exploring new applications of machine learning and data-driven analysis in combustion and/or multiphase flow modelling;
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity, with an emphasis on turbulent multiphysics flows;

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Nikki Hayes

Applications close: February 26th, 2021 

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Advertised: 29 Jan 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 26 Feb 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time