Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Mechanics and Engineering Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Academic Division Job in Brisbane QLD at Queensland University of Technology –

Located within the School of Mechanical,

Medical and Process Engineering (MMPE), in

the Faculty of Engineering (FOE), the

Postdoctoral Research Fellow will develop a

novel, computationally-based framework to

optimally and efficiently design new fibre

materials based on the diamond nanothreads.

The framework will combine advanced

computer modelling, statistical learning,

genetic algorithm-based optimal design and

experimental validations. It will accelerate the

design of these new carbon-based fibres as

game-changing materials in a wide range of


The position will also assist with the

supervision of undergraduate and

postgraduate students and will assist with the

supervision of other research associates.

This position reports to the Head of School for

supervision, workload management and for

Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Undertake research into the computational

mechanics & engineering using numerical

simulations, especially the atomic modelling

and simulation for materials.

  • Build theoretical models, conduct

simulations and analysis, as discussed with

the supervisor.

  • Make use of simulation software such as

LAMMPS, MD, VASP or similar.

  • Undertake simple programming tasks using

programs such as Python and Fortran.

  • Produce academic research papers

suitable for publication in high quality


  • Prepare and apply for competitive grant

funding, namely ARC DECRA.

  • Provide leadership to the development of

innovative concepts and ideas for further


  • Undertake supervision of undergraduate

and postgraduate students.

  • Implement and administer University policy

within the Faculty with respect to equitable

access to education and workplace health

and safety.

To ensure job flexibility the successful

appointee may be required to:|

  • perform any other duties as nominated by

the University consistent with the relevant

classification descriptors detailed in the

Enterprise Agreement. Staff undertaking

any new duties will receive training;

  • participate in job rotation or multiskilling in

consultation with their supervisor;

To be appointed as a Postdoctoral Research

Fellow the successful applicant must meet the

position classification standards outlined in the

QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed-

term, full-time basis for one and a half (1.5)



Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

1. Completion of a PhD qualification in

Mechanics, Material Engineering, Machine

learning, or closely related fields.

2. Experience in computer modelling and

simulation for material, including the use of

simulation software, as well as the ability

to conduct the programming tasks using

programming software.

3. Demonstrated academic research

experience in computational mechanics &

engineering with an emphasis on

nanomaterials, as evidenced by

publications in high quality research


4. Strong interpersonal and communication

skills and a demonstrated capacity to work

collaboratively and proactively as part of a

multi-disciplinary and multi-institution

research team.

5. Proven ability to use initiative and

contribute new ideas to the research of

computational mechanics in

nanomaterials, along with a demonstrated

adherence to ethical standards in research


Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Academic

Level A (LEVA) which has an annual

remuneration range of $79,954 to $108,490

pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary

range of $68,139 to $92,458 pa and 17%


In July 2020 QUT staff voted in favour of a

variation to its Enterprise Agreements. The

variations were approved by the Fair Work

Commission in August 2020.

The variation impacts leave loading (for new

staff no loading will be paid or accrued during

the period the variation is in effect), salary

increases (the salary increase which was due

to occur in the first full pay period of December

2020 was deferred until the first full pay period

of December 2021, however it has been

brought forward by the Vice-Chancellor to be

paid in June 2021) and superannuation

(superannuation will be paid to staff as though

the salary increase which would have been

paid in December 2020 has taken effect and,

subject to the rules of the superannuation fund,

a defined benefit member will continue to make

contributions in alignment with the contributions

made by the University). A link to the variation

is here.

We actively seek to attract and retain the

best talent to the organisation, and in

exceptional circumstances, the successful

candidate may be granted a salary loading in

addition to the above salary range.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a

career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible

benefits. With competitive remuneration

including superannuation, the University offers

real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation

that is proud of its excellent employment

conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced working year scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and

financial assistance

  • Comprehensive professional


Further benefits can be found at the Life at

QUT page.

Information for applicants

The position is open to applicants who have

unrestricted work rights in Australia for the

duration of the fixed-term appointment. In

support of our strategic priority of Indigenous

Australian success, Aboriginal Australians and

Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged

to apply.

For further information about the position,

please contact Prof YuanTong Gu, Head of

School, Mechanical, Medical & Process

Engineering on (07) 3138 1009; or Dr

Liangzhi Kou on (07) 3138 2771; or for further

information about working at QUT contact

Human Resources on (07) 3138 5000.

QUT welcomes applications from candidates

outside the greater Brisbane area. QUT may

meet some travel and relocation expenses

involved in the interview and employment

commencing process.

Candidates who are interested in the position

are encouraged to apply even though they

may feel they are not strong on individual

selection criteria.

In assessing merit, the panel will take into

consideration “performance or achievement

relative to opportunity”. We recognise that

many staff today have a range of personal

circumstances, and career histories that

challenge traditional ideas of an academic

staff member. This may mean, for example,

prioritising the quality of achievement rather

than the quantity, as considerations of part-

time employment, career interruptions and

significant periods of leave are taken into

account when assessing performance or


The selection panel is also committed to

conducting a process which is fair and free

from bias, including unconscious bias.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please

visit www.qut.edu.au/careers for reference

number 21856.

When applying for this position your application

must include the following:

  • A current resume
  • A statement of your achievements

against each of the selection criteria

  • The names and contact details of two


Applications close 15 August 2021

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a

global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus. We are

one of the nation’s fastest growing research

universities and our courses are in high


We are an ambitious and collaborative

institution that seeks to equip our students and

graduates with the skills they will need in an

increasingly disrupted and challenged world.

We are transforming the student experience

we offer our 50,000 students and we place a

premium on the international and national

accreditation of our various professional


We offer academic programs in fields spanning

business, creative industries, education,

engineering, health, law, science, and social

justice across five faculties.

We are transforming the learning experience

and embed work integrated learning in courses

and have a strong focus on developing

entrepreneurial skills. QUT provides executive

education and professional development to

both individuals and organisations through

QUTeX, and QUT Online lets students learn

when it suits, through courses delivered

entirely online. QUT College offers pathways

for all students into our undergraduate


QUT has two inner-city campuses in Brisbane

at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove.

Well known for our strong links to industry and

government, the high impact of our research

which involves multidisciplinary teams, QUT

has been named one of the fastest rising

universities in the world for scientific research.

Further information about QUT can be

obtained from the website at www.qut.edu.au.

Our Vision

QUT’s Blueprint 6 is our institutional strategic

plan. The Blueprint formalises QUT’s

ambitions and declares our strong sense of

purpose which is to provide transformative

education and research relevant to our

communities. It provides a framework and

strategies to enable QUT to realise our vision

to be the university for the real world and

identifies the following priorities:

  • support aspiration and inclusion
  • encourage creativity and entrepreneurship
  • embrace digital transformation and


  • embed principles of health and wellbeing
  • support Indigenous Australian

engagement, success and empowerment

  • enable professional engagement and

ethical leadership and,

  • focus on the environment and


Aligned to and supporting our vision are the

QUT Values. These Values highlight what

makes QUT distinct and successful. Providing

a compass for our decisions, actions and

behaviours and strengthening our community.

QUT Values

  • Ambition
  • Curiosity
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Inclusiveness

About the Academic


Academic Division includes the University’s

faculties and research centres. It is responsible

for education (learning and teaching),

research, research services and support, and

digital business solutions. The Academic

Division is led by the Provost.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering aims to shape the

world we live in by engineering sustainable,

innovative and liveable environments. Our

programs focus on teaching, research and

building a better quality of life through

advancements in robotics, manufacturing, Al,

architecture, and construction.

The Faculty adapts and innovates

infrastructure to meet real world challenges

such as overpopulation, natural disasters and

climate change. We pursue high-level

engagement with a range of sectors to deliver

benefits across health, transport, aero-space,

manufacturing, mining and agriculture.

Through long-standing collaborations with

partners such as BMW, Boeing, Stryker, Shell

and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the

Faculty remains at the forefront by facilitating

learning that is delivered on campus, online

and in the real world.

Strong industry connections enable us to

address complex challenges through research

and innovation, as well as offer our students

relevant and practical learning experiences.

Our Schools are established around disciplines

that promote collaboration in teaching and

research. These include the:

  • School of Architecture and Built


  • School of Civil and Environmental


  • School of Electrical Engineering and


  • School of Mechanical, Medical and

Process Engineering.

The Faculty is also home to outstanding

researchers of international renown that

collaborate with partners to improve systems in

robotics, medical, mechanical, mining, food

and beverages, oil and gas, energy, water and

sugar. Our Research Centres include:

  • Centre for Biomedical Technologies
  • QUT Centre for Robotics
  • Centre for Transformative Biomimetics in


  • Australia-China Centre for Tissue

Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

The Faculty is led by the Executive Dean and

the Executive Management Team comprising

the deputy dean, heads of schools, and other

senior faculty staff.

About the School of

Mechanical, Medical and

Process Engineering

The School of Mechanical, Medical and

Process Engineering delivers education and

research into the design, manufacture and

operation of Biomedical, Chemical and

Mechanical systems and processes.

The School works across all scales, from

nanoscale to personal devices to industrial

complexes. The School builds on the

engineering principles of Mechanics,

Thermodynamics and Materials Engineering to

create new and emerging technologies

including Biofabrication, Advanced

Manufacturing and Chemical Processing.

We innovate to create new system such as

medical devices, new energy and

environmental systems, and industry 4.0. We

work with partners to improve existing systems

in medical, mechanical, mining, food and

beverages, oil and gas, energy, water, sugar

and chemical engineering.

About the Company

Company: Queensland University of Technology –

Company Location:  Brisbane QLD

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