Research Associate<!---->

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Callaghan, NEW SOUTH WALES
Job Type: FullTime

Be part of our research community that’s changing lives.

Our vision to become a world-leading university for our regions will take passion and perseverance. We can’t do it without you.

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision and our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability, the University of Newcastle’s Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 outlines the University’s commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience and serving our communities.

We are looking for people to join our university and bring their global expertise to our region, and to take their impactful research to the world with us.

We are driven by our inclusive focus and are proud of our five-star rating for social equity. We are among the first 15 universities in Australia to receive the Bronze Award under the Athena Swan Charter and we’re striving to achieve Silver.


About us

The University’s College of Engineering, Science and Environment (CESE) brings together expertise in engineering, environment, and the sciences to deliver life ready graduates and transformative solutions to our region and the world. CESE strives for excellence, innovation and equity in teaching, education, research and partnerships. We are global leaders uncovering new knowledge, creating revolutionary technology, and delivering innovative teaching.

The School of Engineering is one of the most research-intensive Schools within the University. The School consists of four discipline groupings: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Surveying; Chemical and Renewable Energy Engineering; Aerospace Systems, Electrical, Computer Systems; Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. The School is home to many leading-edge research centres and has strong links with industry through sponsored undergraduate students and research collaborations.

The School is highly research active, contributing substantially to the overall research inputs and outputs of the CESE. This is reflected in the 2018 Excellence in Research in Australia outcomes where Electrical, Civil, Mechanical and Resource Engineering codes all received an ERA5.


Be challenged and imagine with us

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a highly motivated chemical engineer as a Research Associate to contribute to the life cycle assessment, techno-economic and process modelling assessments of new technologies and processes in meeting the challenges of the energy-water-nexus. The work will incorporate evaluations and cost assessments of carbon capture and storage technologies, the production of sustainable chemicals and fuels, water and gas treatment technologies (including membrane technologies), and energy production technologies for application in industry and the built environment. 


How will we inspire you?

We are seeking a highly motivated chemical engineer to work within a collaborative environment, as part of an international and interdisciplinary research team. 

Reporting to Professor Dianne Wiley , Dean and Head of School Engineering, the successful candidate will contribute to the life cycle assessment, techno-economic and process modelling assessments of new technologies and processes in meeting the challenges of the energy-water-nexus. 

The work will incorporate evaluations and cost assessments of carbon capture and storage technologies, the production of sustainable chemicals and fuels, water and gas treatment technologies (including membrane technologies), and energy production technologies for application in industry and the built environment.

Teaching in relevant areas of the curriculum will also be required.

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Leading research in the development of economic and process models and methods.
  • Preparing and publishing papers, seminar and conference presentations.
  • Supporting the supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate students.
  • Contributing to teaching in Chemical and Renewable Engineering or other areas as directed.

How will you inspire us?

The essential criteria for success include:

  • A PhD in Chemical Engineering or related fields from a recognised University.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in high‐quality, high-impact, peer-reviewed outlets including evidence of international and national research collaborations and / or partnerships especially in areas of economic modelling and assessment, and life cycle assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to actively supervise and mentor postgraduate and undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in open communication with colleagues, respecting their input and working collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with members of the wider community including the capacity to build relationships.

Whilst we consider the following as desirable:

  • Demonstrated computational skills including in CFD.
  • Demonstrated recent ability to contribute at undergraduate, honours and / or postgraduate levels, taking responsibility for the preparation and delivery of course modules and coordinating one or more courses, including collaboration in curriculum design and delivery where appropriate.
  • Demonstrated recent ability to achieve teaching quality as indicated by internal and external surveys and outcomes for students that will improve or innovate in response to feedback.

For the full list of essential and desirable selection criteria, please review the Position Description.


What we offer

This position will be offered as a level A, 3-year, fixed term contract.

The remuneration range is from $95,918 to $102,962 plus 17 % superannuation and leave loading.  

We offer a range of benefits to our employees to ensure you balance your commitments, stay healthy and work effectively. For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please click here .

The University is committed to being a leader in family-friendly working environments


Your next steps

Visit this page  for a guide on how to apply for a role.

If viewing this on a job board other than the University's please click ‘Apply’ to reach the University's website, where a copy of the Position Description can be accessed. Please download a copy before commencing your application. 

Your application must  include:

  • Your ORCID ID
  • A URL link to your University Academic Profile (or equivalent)
  • A Cover Letter; outlining your interest in the role
  • A statement addressing all of the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the Position Description (4 pages max)
  • Your CV, which should be succinct and discipline appropriate.

Please upload your Cover Letter and  response to the requested Criteria as one  PDF document.

For specific position enquiries, please contact Kerry Edson on (02) 4921 6202 or via email [email protected]

Having difficulties? Please reach out to us: [email protected]

Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.    

Closing date: 13th November at 11.59pm AEST




Move to Newcastle

A move to Newcastle offers you the choice to live in the city, by the sea or near bushland - the region offers a wonderful place for a family to grow and the opportunity to strike a work/life balance.

Visit the City of Newcastle site to imagine your future in Newcastle.

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.  

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.

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