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Research Associate - Research Fellow

Job no: 500835
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Engineering – Department of Chemical Engineering 

Research Associate - Research Fellow

  • Be part of the team and work on the Project: Experimental Studies of Enhanced Gas & Oil Recovery from Carbonates and Tight Formations
  • 2 year appointment with possibility of extension to a third year
  • Salary range: Level A $68,452 - $89,375p.a. or Level B $97,310 - $115,350 p.a.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top Australian universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

About the work area:

The School of Engineering is renowned for its award-winning researchers, teachers and facilities. It is a multidisciplinary school offering education and research in a number of engineering disciplines. This includes civil, environmental, mining, chemical, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.  Successful applicants will work in the Fluid Science and Resources Research Group ( which primarily conducts research across the oil and gas industry.  The relevant theme to these positions focusses on rock core analysis for oil&gas reservoir evaluation.   

The Role:

As the appointee you will, under limited direction of the Professors Eric May and Mike Johns, participate in and coordinate the experimental, analytical and other research work required by the project “Experimental Studies of EGR/EOR from tight Carbonates and Tight Formations”.    This is a collaboration between UWA and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  The project will consider the characterization of carbonates and shale rocks, predominately using NMR techniques, as required to better understand EGR and EOR processes.  This will involve the application of in-situ NMR measurements during relevant core flooding processes at reservoir conditions.  The appointee will have the opportunity to spend two extended periods of time at the extremely well equipped KFUPM College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences (CPG) as part of the collaboration.    

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD (or imminent completion of a PhD) in a relevant field.
  • Strong track record of research publication relative to opportunity.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in applied Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), in particular relaxometry and self-diffusion measurements.
  • Experience applying NMR to characterise porous media, in particular rock cores, would be desirable.  
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications.
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students.
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and conduct research.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

Closing date: Friday, 18 May 2018 

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File P.D. Level A B Mech Position 1

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.


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