Research Associate

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 985256
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Curtin University is seeking a Research Associate (post- PhD) in the discipline of Sustainable Engineering, based at our Bentley campus in Perth, Western Australia.

The Research associate will work closely with the various programs of the HILT CRC focusing on Heavy industry carbon management in Australia including the cement/lime, iron ore/green steel and the alumina/aluminium industries. The role will be involved in a variety of desktop-based research activities investigating heavy industry low carbon performance, roadmaps and carbon and environmental stewardship programs. Experience in sustainability assessment research and or carbon management related research is essential to this role.

Modern sustainability management is a multi-faceted challenge for managers and professionals that stretches across many domains. The sustainability management research and teaching in the Sustainability Engineering Group (SEG) at Curtin involves an industrial ecology approach which focuses on the interface between industrial production and the many sustainability issues that are affected by it. You will work with the support and guidance of senior staff and develop a research program and deliver research outputs with increasing degrees of autonomy.

Previous work experience in this area including engagement with sustainability focused industry research programs will be favourably reviewed as the position requires an understanding of Australian government and policy, Australian industry response to carbon management and the international carbon management environment.

Duties of your role will include:
  • Desk based/lab-based research outputs
  • Participate in applications for competitive funding
  • Disseminate research findings through seminars, workshops, and conferences
  • Publish/exhibit in high quality journals/outlets (often in collaboration with colleagues) in manner consistent with disciplinary practice
  • Undertake principal supervision of Honours and research masters, and co-supervision of research doctoral supervision where appropriate
  • Undertake administrative functions associated with research activities
  • Participate in the delivery of teaching and research led educational programs
  • Foster and promote relationships with professional bodies, industry and affiliated associations, government departments, and the wider community

Only applicants with work experience and an academic research background in applied sustainable engineering related research, industrial ecology research and or applied sustainability management related research are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Sustainable Engineering Group, please visit our website:
You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.  

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Michele John, Director, Sustainable Engineering Group on +61 8 9266 1286 or
About us
The School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering is a collegial working environment, which undertakes outstanding theoretical and applied research, and runs highly regarded and popular teaching programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2021 and QS World University Rankings 2021) and is placed 17th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2021). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners, a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, and Dubai.
Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre.
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Your application should include a cover letter, your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

  • Doctoral qualification in relevant discipline (sustainable engineering or sustainable science preferred but not essential)
  • Demonstrated relevant subject/discipline knowledge and knowledge and experience in relevant research techniques
  • Demonstrated competency in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks
  • Emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision
  • Demonstrated high level organisational skills
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to the development of a collegial and supportive working environment and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures, and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this position.
Applications close: Monday, 6 February 2023 9pm AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1). 

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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