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Research Fellow

The University of Queensland - St Lucia, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training
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Full Job Description
School of Chemical Engineering / UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent reputation, built over 100 years at The University of Queensland.

We deliver quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. Undergraduate teaching within the School focuses on the disciplines of chemical, bioprocess, biomedical, environmental and metallurgical engineering and postgraduate programs are available in growing fields including water, sustainable energy, bioprocess and biomedical engineering. The School’s project-centered curriculum has been recognised as an international exemplar of engineering education.

Worldwide, UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked 33rd in the QS World University Rankings 2019 for Chemical Engineering. Central to the School’s success are our staff, specifically the academic, research and professional staff. They are engaged in pioneering teaching and research crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries, mindful of their role in addressing the big challenges that lie ahead.

Catalysed by our move to a new home for Chemical Engineering at UQ in 2021, the soon to be completed eleven story, state-of-the-art Andrew N. Liveris Building, the School is entering an exciting growth and rejuvenation phase. We are wanting to recruit new staff who are passionate and committed to building on our long-standing acknowledged successes in cutting-edge teaching and learning, research impact and industry and public sector engagement, to further increase our local and international impact in learning and discovery in chemical engineering.

Our people are our greatest asset. We offer collaborative, inclusive work and study places, which are enriched by the significant diversity of our staff, students and community. We genuinely believe that creativity and innovation flourishes in an environment where people feel supported, valued and empowered. Mutual respect, inclusivity and accountability are at the cornerstone of UQ’s culture.

The School of Chemical Engineering is committed to supporting the career growth of women academics and have a number of initiatives to support women in developing and achieving a fulfilling career within the School.

For more information about the School, please visit: www.uq.edu.au/chemeng

The successful applicant will work alongside world-class researchers as a member of the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation (The Dow Centre).

The Centre’s mission is to stimulate engineering innovation towards the more sustainable production and utilisation of materials and energy, with a priority given to changes that can make a substantial contribution to global environmental and social sustainability challenges.

Research at the Centre is interdisciplinary, with a strong techno-economic focus on the viability of industry transitions, delivered through collaboration with other UQ faculties and leading research partners worldwide. The Centre’s current projects span the spectrum from systems analysis, to fundamental investigations into game-changing technologies for energy, fuels and materials.

The Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation works proudly alongside numerous schools and institutes at the University of Queensland, and collaborates with industry and other educational institutions in Australia and internationally to build multi-disciplinary, global partnerships for education and research.

Information about the UQ Dow Centre may be accessed on the Centre’s web site at https://www.chemeng.uq.edu.au/dow-centre-sustainable-engineering-innovation

About This Opportunity

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment - you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

A multi-skilled postdoctoral researcher is required for a 2 year appointment, to lead research activities for the Net Zero Australia project. We are seeking a variety of methodological skills and experience in energy systems analysis, techno-economic evaluation, geospatial siting analysis, multi-criteria cost-benefit analysis and other decision support tools for deep decarbonization of regional economies, with experience in one or more of:

Energy efficiency and end-use electrification;
Electricity generation, transmission and distribution expansion planning;
Low-carbon fuels, including biofuels and (blue, emerald and green) hydrogen production systems;
Industry decarbonization; and
CO2 capture transport and storage

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position at Academic level B/C. Flexible working arrangements can be arranged.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542 - $140,603, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $116,464 - $164,505.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Simon Smart, Dow Centre Director at s.smart@uq.edu.au

For application queries, please contact recruitment@uq.edu.au stating the job number in the subject line.

St Lucia, QLD

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