Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Country: Australia;

City: Queensland

Vacancy added: 21.08.2019

Employer: The University of Queensland


School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

With an excellent reputation for quality graduate training and research performance, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering delivers a comprehensive range of programs in aerospace, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and mining engineering.

Boasting strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, we are focused on strengthening our position in the engineering community. We will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow by attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment.

The School is undertaking pioneering research in the area of poroelastic rock mechanics to support the resources industries of the future. Areas of focus include the development of advanced rock preconditioning and fragmentation techniques to support the extraction of future mineral resources, and the sustainable enhancement of unconventional gas from coal seams. A strong industry funded research program has been secured, including all of the resources required to create a paradigm shift in these strategically important industries, both within Australia and overseas. The research team is led by recognised experts in their respective fields, who are committed to developing the careers of early-career researchers and engineers.

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About This Opportunity

The primary purpose of the position is to perform research associated with the newly awarded ARC Linkage Project “Next generation flexible high current micro-electric interconnects” with partner organisation, Nihon Superior Co. The project aims to reduce the temperatures required for the manufacture of electronic circuitry through the use of low melting temperature metallic gallium-based alloys.

The project will use a range of innovative techniques to generate methods that these low temperature alloys can rapidly transition from a liquid state to a solid intermetallic in short timeframes at low-temperatures. The outcomes from this project include reduced energy costs during electronic manufacture and the development of techniques that will enable sensitive next-generation components to be assembled by removing the need to use elevated temperatures.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should possess a PhD materials engineering or related field. You should have demonstrated expert knowledge in in the safe handling of liquid metal as well as in the control of microstructure in bulk alloys and interfaces through solidification processing and minor modifications in composition and processing variables, including the ability to achieve national recognition in the area. 

Ability to engage in independent and/or team research including the ability and willingness to take a chief investigator role in applications for external research funds is desirable.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

This role is a part-time position; and flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

What We Can Offer

This is a part-time (0.5FTE) fixed term position at Academic level B or Academic Level C depending on experience.

For appointment at Academic level B the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $95,771 - $113,728, plus super of up to 17%.

For appointment at Academic level C the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $117,319 - $135,276, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 508202_Research Fellow_Snr Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Kazuhiro Nogita on +61 7 336 53919 or 

For questions relating to the application process, please contact Recruitment Services at 

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  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Selection Criteria responses.
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