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Research Associate (LT Plasma)

Job no: 502188
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Engineering and Mathematical Sciences


  • Research Associate  - 3 year fixed term appointment
  • Salary range:  Level A $68,452,00 - $92,497.00 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences 

School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Centre for Energy

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University. 

About the team

UWA Centre for Energy is an internationally renowned research facility in fuels, combustion science and technology, and sustainable energy development. The Centre's mission is to develop new knowledge and advanced technologies for efficient, effective and environmentally friendly utilisation of fuels and energy in the resources industries. The Centre for Energy is located within the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, which is renowned for its award-winning researchers, teachers and facilities. The broad-based undergraduate and postgraduate programs are complemented by a wide range of research activities. The School is a leader in developing graduates in the critical industries of energy and mineral resources, advanced materials and emergent manufacturing, chemical processing and environmental protection.

The opportunity  

Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Energy, The appointee will play a key role in the Centre’s fuel conversion and processing, combustion science and technology and energy technology research.  The appointee should have an excellent track record, including international scientific publications and hands-on experimental skills in combustion and reaction engineering and will be expected to participate in postgraduate supervision.  A particular project the appointee will initially focus on is “low-temperature plasma – catalytic conversion of CH4 and CO2 to alcohols with simultaneous H2 recovery”, funded by the Australian Research Council under the ARC Discovery Projects scheme. The appointee may also participate in and contribute to other research programs currently undertaken at the UWA Centre for Energy such as fundamentals of combustion of ammonia for internal combustion engine applications, catalytic synthesis of methanol from biomass pyrolysis syngas as well as computational fluid dynamics and kinetic modelling of complex reaction systems      

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD degree (or soon to be acquired PhD) in a relevant field featuring the application of a range of knowledge, skills and techniques in chemical engineering, high temperature gas kinetics, plasma physics or chemistry.  
  • Research experience in natural gas processing and conversion, catalysis, gas separation and kinetic modelling and computational fluid dynamic modelling. 
  • Proven track record in the application of various reaction engineering experimental techniques and associated diagnostic techniques.
  • Proficiency in experiment design, performance and subsequent data analysis.
  • Proven publication track record relative to experience.
  • Sound oral communication skills. 
  • Relevant previous research and project experience.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Evidence of undergraduate or postgraduate student mentorship.

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

Closing date: Monday, 24 September 2018

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

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File Position Description Research Associate - LT Plasma - Level A

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of 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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Applications close: W. Australia Standard Time