Postdoctoral Fellow in Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering

University of New South Wales School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering


Postdoctoral Fellow 

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering has been a provider of innovative world class engineering education and research for over seventy years, and it continues to thrive with highly sought after undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The School is committed to maintaining its high reputation committing to the UNSW Strategy 2025 in a manner that continues to provide outstanding research to support to the Australian resources sector and form the basis for expanding and strengthening its presence in new and emerging technologies.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on our ARC-funded Linkage Project “Microbiologically Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking in Underground Mines" within the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will investigate the role of microorganisms in premature failure of underground mine reinforcement with a vision of development of prevention technologies suitable for underground mines. The position will closely collaborate with a team of university-based researchers and engineers from industry partners.

About the role

  • $96K - $103K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Full time (35 hours)

The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Professor Serkan Saydam and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research, experimental and analytical tasks in the area of microbial corrosion, independently and as part of a team.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate.
  • Assists with the supervision of research students in the research area where required.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) in Mining Engineering, Material Science or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • Demonstrated capability in performing corrosion experiments with a focus on hydrogen-induced and microbial corrosion.
  • Adequate knowledge of microbiology, underground mining and geomechanics with an extensive understanding of steel metallurgy.
  • Experience in the following areas.Willingness to travel and work with the partners and mine sites.
    • Corrosion of high-carbon steel wires and rebars;
    • Failure analysis; and
    • Microbial corrosion in steels.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Serkan Saydam

Applications close: October 30th, 2020

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Advertised: 02 Oct 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 30 Oct 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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