Postdoctoral Research Fellow A/B in Water Resources Infrastructure

Updated: 19 days ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 12 May 2024

Job no:513811
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time, Fixed term - Part-time
Campus:Adelaide
Categories:Level A, Level B, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


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

(Level B) $107,276 – $126,894 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full Time, Fixed Term position for 24 months

This is a fantastic opportunity be part of a collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide and Deakin University. 

The University of Adelaide in collaboration with Deakin University is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Level A/B) in Water Resources Infrastructure. The position will be located The University of Adelaide within the North Terrace campus.

We are seeking individuals with expertise in hydraulic transients research. The successful applicant will focus on furthering the development of leading technology for the active management of water distribution systems. Modern cities worldwide utilise “Smart Water Networks” to manage these systems, however many limitations still remain with respect to the control of potentially devastating hydraulic transients. This position will involve the development of data analysis techniques (including machine learning) and process-based algorithms to diagnose and interpret high-frequency hydraulic data for the purpose of providing actionable information. Analysis methods will also be developed to provide insights to improve network design and retrofitting of network components. Despite the focus on methodological development, this position will involve working closely with Adelaide’s water utility on their CBD network data.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to mentor graduate students and collaborate with other post-doctoral researchers. Mentoring and professional development opportunities will be available at the University of Adelaide and Deakin University.

To be successful at Level A you will:

  • A PhD in a discipline related to civil or mechanical engineering, or applied mathematics;
  • Demonstrated experience in hydraulics/fluid mechanics;
  • Demonstrated experience in computer programming;
  • A demonstrated track record of high-quality publications relative to opportunity;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate across disciplines and collaborate with a wide range of professionals in the university, government, industry and research sectors;
  • High level organisational skills, time management, including the ability to prioritise and manage workload and meet competing deadlines

To be successful at Level B you will also:

  • A PhD in a discipline related to civil or mechanical engineering, or applied mathematics;
  • Demonstrated experience and substantial knowledge in the fields of hydraulics/fluid mechanics;
  • Demonstrated experience in computer programming and broad understanding of numerical methods;
  • A demonstrated track record of high-quality publications relative to opportunity;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate across disciplines and collaborate with a wide range of professionals in the university, government, industry and research sectors;
  • High level organisational skills, time management, including the ability to prioritise and manage workload and meet competing deadlines;
  • Experience in the supervision of research students, and an ability to guide and oversee postgraduate and honours students and supervise research support staff.

Desirable characteristics:

Level A:

  • Experience in working as part of large, dynamic multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrated experience in hydraulic transients research;
  • Experience in designing and undertaking a laboratory experimental program, and field work experience;
  • Knowledge of signal processing and machine learning/optimisation techniques;
  • Ability to guide and oversee postgraduate and honours students and supervise research support staff;
  • A strong record of research performance, including capacity to identify productive research directions relative to opportunity.

Level B:

  • Experience in working as part of large, dynamic multi-disciplinary teams and playing a leadership role to junior staff and students;
  • Demonstrated experience and deep knowledge in hydraulic transients research;
  • Broad experience in designing and undertaking a laboratory experimental program, and field work experience;
  • Significant knowledge of signal processing and machine learning/optimisation techniques;
  • A strong record of research performance, including capacity to identify productive research directions relative to opportunity;
  • Experience in writing and winning research grant proposals

Please note:

Some interstate travel may be required

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.

Learn more at: adelaide.edu.au/jobs

Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance. 

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How to Apply

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 (ACST), Sunday 12th 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:

Dr. Aaron Zecchin
Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering
P: +61 (8) 8313 3027
E: [email protected]

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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