Research Fellow

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Crawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 12 Mar 2024

Job no:516625
Work type:full time
Location:Crawley
Categories:Engineering and Mathematical Sciences


  • Join one of the world’s leading offshore geotechnical research groups to develop the next generation physical modelling.
  • Level B, full-time appointment on 3-year fixed term basis.
  • Base salary range: $108,509 – $128,404 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% superannuation.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team
This position is within the ARC Discovery Project DP240101808 “Unlocking new generation physical modelling with realistic soil response”.

The position will be part of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), within the Oceans Graduate School (OGS). The COFS, established in 1987 is a world leading research centre in offshore geotechnics, at the fore front of research in offshore renewables. The OGS is home to a critical mass of researchers spanning ocean engineering, oceanography and marine science. In addition to COFS, the OGS hosts Marine Energy Research Australia, the ARC Research Hub for transforming Energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering and Woodside’s FutureLab collaboration network. OGS researchers conduct world-leading research to provide ocean solutions in relation to the marine environment and resources, engineering and technology.

About the opportunity
To work with the Chief Investigators (CIs) at UWA and the Partner Investigators (PIs) University of California Davies and Fugro to undertake the research defined in the ARC Discovery project.

As the appointee you will, under direction of the UWA supervisors and in collaboration with the PIs, participate in and coordinate work related to the development of soil samples exhibiting realistic in-situ properties and mechanical characteristics for use in physical modelling. The work will specifically focus on developing soil sample reconstitution techniques to model the realistic response of carbonate and cemented sediments found in Australia to be able to model the next generation of foundations for offshore renewable energy developments. This will involve (i) characterising at micro and macro levels in-situ carbonate sediments, (ii) understand and simulate their mechanical response, (iii) developing new soil sample reconstitution techniques and (iv) tests and validate samples reconstituted at soil elements levels and in the geotechnical centrifuge at the UWA National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, by modelling the response of foundations for offshore renewables such as wind turbines. The successful candidate will be a geotechnical engineer with demonstrated experimental skills, and a solid background in soils mechanics. Candidates with additional knowledge in the biochemical processes taking place in natural soils are strongly encouraged to apply.

About you
To be considered for this opportunity, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent industry experience in geotechnical engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Relevant research experience (or advanced engineering practice) and expertise at an appropriate level in geotechnical engineering.
  • Demonstrated originality, creativity and innovation in the application of expert scientific knowledge.
  • Ability to work autonomously and to take initiative.
  • Experience preparing manuscripts for publication and giving presentations at conferences.
  • Strong track record of research publication relative to opportunity.
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students.
  • Experience in synthesising research outcomes into design guidance documents is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience interacting with and/or working in the offshore engineering industry.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team.
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and conduct research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to service roles in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.

About your application
Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   DP240101808 - Research Fellow PD Jan 2024 (1).pdf .

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Tuesday, 12 March 2024.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Prof. Christophe Gaudin at [email protected].

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity
UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.


Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at [email protected]  with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.


Advertised:20 Feb 2024 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:12 Mar 2024 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time



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