Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mechanical and Mining Engineering

University of Queensland School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Officer

Apply now Job No:511908
Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

With an excellent reputation for quality graduate training and research performance, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering delivers a comprehensive range of programs in aerospace, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and mining engineering.

Boasting strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, we are focused on strengthening our position in the engineering community. We will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow by attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment.

The School recognises and values equity and diversity, and encourages applications from any individual who meets the requirements of this position, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other protected attributes. The School strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University, is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.

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About This Opportunity

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering is seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow/ Research Officer  to manage and undertake research in support of an industry funded project being run by Dr Zhongwei Chen and Professor Victor Rudolph.

The successful applicant will be involved in the development and testing of the mechanical and petrophysical properties of fractured coals at various scales using various laboratory techniques, and then applying the results to investigate the response of coal seam gas (CSG) boreholes to different drilling designs and production controls as well as the corresponding CSG well performance.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this position you should possess a PhD (or have submitted a PhD) in the area of civil/geotechnical engineering, mining/petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, or related field such as applied physics or mathematics.

You should have demonstrated competency in:

  • geomaterial properties testing and the design of advancing laboratory testing techniques
  • behaviours of the fractured geomaterials in response to mechanical loading and fluids flow in fractures (or small pores), preferably related to sedimentary rocks and;
  • development of coupled numerical simulation, preferably using the discrete element method.  

We are seeking someone with experience in supervising honours and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and the ability to publish in high quality outlets and prepare effective reports that document research findings for both internal and external audiences.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position until March 2022 at Academic level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,342 - $92,782, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $81,131 - $108,555.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 511908 Postdoc Research Fellow PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Zhongwei Chen at

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQCareers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 20 Nov 2020

Applications close: 18 Dec 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time