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Postdoctoral Fellow – composite materials

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

The Opportunity

The Postdoctoral Fellow will provide technical and intellectual input specifically towards a collaborative project between DST Group and AMAC. DST Group who is an AMAC industry partner, is undertaking a research program to understand durability of composite materials under operational conditions including the effects of water absorption and foreign body impact behaviour. The program will develop numerical tools that can model the effect of water absorption on material behaviour and predict damage progression and the final damaged state after foreign body impact. The numerical methods developed will open up new ways of tailoring the mechanical response of marine propellers to give greater resistance to foreign body impact events and ultimately improve the reliability of composite marine propellers in service.

As a member of AMAC, the Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the Centre Director, Centre Manager and other Researchers based at UNSW and ANU. The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Centre Director and has no direct reports.

  • Salary, $95,449 - $102,091 + superannuation
  • Full time (35 hours)
  • Fixed-term contract until January 2023
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. This position is within the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace or Manufacturing Engineering, or a related discipline;
  • Solid understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals: properties of materials and solid mechanics are essential. Demonstrated research experience and output in the following research areas:
    • Multi-scale modelling and finite element simulation of composite structures
    • Performance prediction and damage modelling of laminated composite structures
  • Experience in industry-based, interdisciplinary research projects applying knowledge and skillsets in the field of composite structural analysis and modelling, with evidence of research impact;
  • Expertise in simulation supported composites manufacturing (preferably on automated manufacturing).
  • Able to conduct independent research with limited supervision;
  • Track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity;
  • Able to work in a team and build effective relationships;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • An ability and commitment to win bids for competitive external funding to support collaborative research activities;
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for these positions can be found in the position description via the link, Download File 498774 Postdoctoral Fellow - PD.docx or via the advert on

Within your application you should address the selection criteria which are listed within the position description. 

Please apply online. Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below. 


Penny Spencer


T: +61 2 9385 0708

Applications close: 11:50pm, Sunday 2nd February 2020

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

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