Postdoctoral Research Fellow - School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Aug 13, 2019
Sep 12, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

With an excellent reputation for quality graduate training and research performance, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering delivers a comprehensive range of programs in aerospace, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and mining engineering.

Boasting strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, we are focused on strengthening our position in the engineering community. We will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow by attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment.

The School is undertaking pioneering research in the area of poroelastic rock mechanics to support the resources industries of the future. Areas of focus include the development of advanced rock preconditioning and fragmentation techniques to support the extraction of future mineral resources, and the sustainable enhancement of unconventional gas from coal seams. A strong, industry-funded research program has been secured, including all of the resources required to create a paradigm shift in these strategically important industries, both within Australia and overseas. The research team is led by recognised experts in their respective fields, who are committed to developing the careers of early-career researchers and engineers.

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About This Opportunity

The successful appointee will be responsible for the design and implementation of challenging laboratory and site-based experimental methods using blast induced dynamic loads, and the application of associated computational models in the areas of explosive-induced rock preconditioning and fragmentation. This will include, but is not limited to:
  • The design and implementation of complex experiments to calibrate and validate modelling studies;
  • The application of advanced numerical modelling tools associated with explosive-driven rock fracture and fluid flow through fractured geomaterials;
  • The study of explosive-rock interaction mechanisms to better understand fracture initiation and growth in anisotropic conditions;
  • Data-driven interrogation of experimental results to facilitate the physical interpretation of results and the validation and calibration of models.

This work will be undertaken in parallel with complementary development of computational models for coupled fluid-rock systems. The successful appointee will be embedded within a multidisciplinary group of researchers and students from the School, and have access to:
  • Industry-relevant data and processes;
  • A range of in-house, open-source, and commercial software packages, and;
  • Large-scale high performance computing infrastructure at an institutional and national level.

This position will provide opportunities to work with the global resources industry, and to develop new research activities that may or may not be related to these industries.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should possess a PhD (or significant progress towards a PhD) in mechanical engineering, civil/geotechnical engineering, mining/petroleum engineering, or a related field such as applied physics or mathematics. You should possess demonstrated expert knowledge in the area of rock and fluid mechanics (including their coupling through poroelastic theory), experimental methods involving geomaterials (including instrumentation), and the development of risk assessments. A demonstrated ability to develop scientific and data analysis codes such as Python, or similar, is essential.

An understanding of explosive technology and blast-induced fracturing will be highly regarded.

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 .

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Academic level A.

The full-time salary will be in the range $78,775 - $90,982 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $92,167 - $106,449 p.a.).

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities , 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 .


To discuss this role please contact A/Prof Italo Onederra on +61 7 3365 4780 or

To discuss anything about the application process, please email recruitment with 508155 in the subject line,

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:
  • Cover letter addressing responses to the Selection Criteria
  • Resume

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