Postdoctoral Research Fellow A or B – Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 May 2024

10 May 2024
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Research Field

Management sciences
Computer science
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

24 May 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

Level A, $75,888-$102,040 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation.

Level B, $107,276 - $126,894 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation.

Full time, fixed term position for 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

The key to achieving major progress in supply chain innovation is to develop and implement a fully circular economy with supply chains that serve the sustainable and equitable ways we need to produce, procure, and consume in the 21st Century. The University of Adelaide is committed to helping accelerate the transformation of Australia’s supply chains and our Centre for Sustainable Operations and Resilient Supply Chains (CSORSC) will provide research excellence that industry and government stakeholders can rely on to inform investment into the smart, sustainable and circular supply chains that an advanced economy needs.

Professor Kannan Govindan and Associate Professor Devika Kannan lead this new centre. Prof Govindan explores the use of industry 4.0 technologies (blockchain, big data, AI, machine learning, and robotic process automation) to better measure and manage supply chains. A/Prof Kannan researches supply chains and procurement, with a focus on measuring and reporting on Scope 3 emissions. She also studies how to foster entrepreneurship pathways for women in a greening economy.

A successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual who can investigate areas of relevance to the research of the CSORSC leadership and the needs of key industry partners. They will produce data collection and modelling studies, high quality peer-reviewed publications, technical reports and documentation, and workshop delivery. The role will also involve the co-supervision of higher degree research students. Above all, the role will build the profile of CSORSC as a centre of supply chain excellence and will advance their own career by submitting applications for fellowships and other funded opportunities.

To be successful you will need: 

  • A completed or nearly completed PhD (conferred no later than two years ago) in systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, or a related discipline, with a focus on operations and supply chain management; or a completed Master’s degree in operations research, applied mathematics, data science, computer science engineering, artificial intelligence, or information technology, coupled with a strong interest in operations and supply chain management.
  • A growing track record of research and publishing in highly ranked journals in operations, manufacturing, business, or supply chains research (FT50, ideally also ABDC: A* potential).
  • A demonstrated background in the use of modelling, qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills, with an ability to communicate effectively with supervisors
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to work well independently and as a member of a broader team, including with industrial partners, in a technical environment for effective delivery of team outcomes.
  • A commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Experience in supervising graduate or undergraduate students.
  • A demonstrated aptitude to engage collaboratively with industry partners and other external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of optimisation solvers and proficiency in machine learning algorithms and their practical implementation in Python.

In addition, to be appointed at Level B you will need:

  • A completed PhD (preferably conferred no later than three years ago) in a relevant discipline.
  • A demonstrated aptitude to engage collaboratively with industry partners and other external stakeholders.
  • Displayed evidence in writing and securing externally funded research grants (e.g. Category 1, ARC, or Category 3, Industry, or similar international schemes if an international candidate).

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 24 May 2024.

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Associate Professor Devika Kannan
Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainable Operations and Resilient Supply Chains
E: [email protected]
P: +61 831 33616

You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 

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