Postdoctoral Fellow in Sensor Development (RD279)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Sensor Development (RD279)

22 Nov
Swinburne University Of Technology

22 Nov

Swinburne University Of Technology


Swinburne is embarking on an exciting journey, working towards our new vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. An exciting opportunity has become available and we are looking to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) to develop new sensors for the steel industry. The work is part of the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Innovation, a partnership with Swinburne, other leading institutions and major steel companies. The post-doctoral fellow will be employed for 12 months to work on the development of sound sensors for the control of ladle metallurgy, in particular working closely with InfraBuild Steel Manufacturing,

a major steel producer in Australia and part of the Liberty Steel/GFG Alliance international group of companies.

As part of a drive to implement Industry 4.0 in their steel making plants, InfraBuild would like to incorporate new sensor technology into their advanced control systems to improve the performance of their ladles. It is currently difficult to monitor stirring in the ladle from gas flow rate measurements alone because of the very challenging environment of the steelmaking process. Swinburne University of Technology has proposed using microphone systems for monitoring stirring and early results using physical models and plant trials produced promising results.

Further work is required to develop a fully commercial system. Concepts of how to measure sounds from gas injection will be tested and proven on an existing scale model of the ladle metallurgy station at Swinburne before being adapted for plant trials. Substantial plants trials at InfraBuild’s Laverton plant will then be undertaken, where different sensors, signal processing algorithms and formats for presenting data to the operators will be developed in close consultation with InfraBuild engineers.

The main research activity will be undertaken by a PDF 1.0 FTE for 12 months. The PDF will be supervised by Professor Geoffrey Brooks, Dr Michelle Dunn and Dr David Sly from Swinburne University of Technology. Process operational data will be required as will the collaboration of plant engineers at the Laverton steel mill during the installation and operation of the various prototypes. Experiments designed to test key features of the sensor system being developed will be carried out on an existing cold model rig at Swinburne that has been used in previous work between Swinburne and InfraBuild. An industrial supervisor nominated by InfraBuild will participate in the supervision of the PDF, in collaboration with Swinburne staff. The PDF is expected to spend significant time at Laverton for plant trials.

This position will work with a high degree of autonomy and as such is expected to demonstrate initiative and responsibility in achieving the position’s goals and pursuing research directions in the project under the leadership of the Lead Chief Investigator.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a young university with a long history. As a dual-sector university of technology, born of a technical college, we are proud of Swinburne’s technology DNA, and of our national and global standing. Our contribution to Technology, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the STEM disciplines, and our track record of meaningful industry and community engagement, are natural manifestations of the legacy initiated by the vision of our founders George and Ethel Swinburne in 1902. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

About you

To be suitable for the role you will have:

- A PhD relating to sensors and/or signal analysis

- Experience in developing practical sensor systems

- Experience in Instrumentation and Data Acquisition

- Strong team player with proven communication skills

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Careers at Swinburne and refer to ‘Benefits’ section.

How to apply and further information

To view the position description or to start an application please click on apply or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Geoffrey Brooks at [email protected]

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on [email protected]

Diversity and Inclusion

Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:

- Reconciliation Action Plan

- Charter of Cultural Diversity

- Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan

- Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at [email protected] For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at [email protected]

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Swinburne workers to have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 22 October 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 29th November 2021

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)


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