Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

University of Adelaide School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A) - School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Job no: 506166
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Level A

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(Level A) $89,610 to $96,007 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation will apply

Fixed-term position available for 3 years

The Centre for Energy Technology is seeking to appoint a talented postdoctoral researcher, as part of our future fuels team, to play a leading role in the evaluation of domestic, commercial and industrial gas appliances operating with renewable future fuels.

This is an opportunity to be part of the emerging Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre that brings together the 60+ member companies of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) plus the Australian Energy Market Operator and two State-based regulators with six universities in a search to expedite better ways to transition to a low carbon future through decarbonisation of national gas networks.

Based in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at The University of Adelaide, you will be expected to develop and deliver an innovative experimental program, working collaboratively with industry and other researchers, aimed at securing Australia’s renewable energy future. This work will provide an opportunity to conduct pilot-scale research at industrial sites.

In this program you will design and contribute to experimental research aimed at better understanding changes in the performance of domestic and industrial-scale combustion appliances as a consequence of the addition of hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels. Your work will contribute to fast-tracking and de-risking pilot and demonstration projects in Australia and globally to decarbonise the provision of gaseous fuel to domestic and industrial customers.

To be successful you will need: 

  • A PhD degree in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline.
  • An ability to undertake experimental research in combustion or a closely related research area.
  • Knowledge of mathematical and computational modelling approaches used for reactive systems.
  • Well-developed communication skills and an ability to prepare high quality scientific publications and to present engagingly to different audiences.
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and an ability to contribute to the diversity of the School community.

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 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. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

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.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

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Applications close 11:55pm, 17 October 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Prof Peter Ashman
Centre for Energy Technology
School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials
P: +61 (8) 8313 5072

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

Advertised: 16 Sep 2021 12:00 AM
Applications close:17 Oct 2021 11:55 PM

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