Postdoctoral Research Associate - Controlling Coastlines While Generating Power | [WQ229]

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Controlling Coastlines While Generating Power | [WQ229]

22 Nov
Swinburne University Of Technology

22 Nov

Swinburne University Of Technology


As the Postdoctoral Research Associate, you will have the opportunity to work on Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project LP180101109, “Controlling coastlines while generating power”, led by Swinburne University of Technology. This exciting project aims to produce strategies for protecting coasts from storms using wave-energy-converter machines, which also generate electricity. Increasing lengths of coast need protection as the climate changes, but conventional fixed barriers create serious environmental impacts and are a sunk cost usually borne by the taxpayer.

The Project expects to derive strategies for the setting of each machine in an array or ‘farm’ of many machines,

so that they collectively absorb or reflect damaging waves under severe conditions, while sustaining natural processes and generating electricity under normal conditions. You will undertake mathematical modelling, such as integration of nonlinear ordinary differential equations in both fluid dynamics and control-engineering contexts. You will also be required to undertake significant project-management work, coordinating the theoretical, laboratory and ocean-environment research undertaken at Swinburne and by our university and industry partners.

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 in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or a closely related discipline

- Demonstrated experience in numerical simulations of wave-dominated fluid flows or fluid flows involving oscillations

- Demonstrated ability to work with staff and students from a variety of different discipline backgrounds

- Evidence of ability to write high-quality journal publications


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 this position, contact Prof. Richard Manasseh via [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, Friday 26th November 2021

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)

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