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Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow – AT1 Geotechnics

Job no: 507192
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oceans Graduate School

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub

Transforming energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering (TIDE)

  • An outstanding opportunity for a self-driven researcher to enhance their career, develop strong technical skills, and expand their network by working as part of a large scale, international, multi-disciplinary research group in order to solve industry focussed problems
  • This position requires immediate start (short delays may be negotiated)
  • Full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years initially with a possibility for extension
  • Salary range: Level B; $102,983 - $121,864 p.a. / Level C; $125,639 - $144,523 p.a.

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

This position is within the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Transforming energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering (TIDE ITRH), based at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) at UWA.

The TIDE ITRH comprises four interlinked research themes working together to deliver projects using advanced data science and engineering techniques to transform the operation of energy infrastructure. The research is a blend of physical and numerical modelling, supported by fieldwork and the robust analysis of key observations from existing facilities. Our industry partners are helping to shape the research direction, drive technology transfer, and assist with mentoring our researchers and students.

Our industry partners include three of Australia’s largest producers of LNG – Woodside, Shell and INPEX – plus Lloyd’s Register Group, Bureau Veritas, Fugro and Wood. Other partners include the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

International collaborators include researchers and scientists from the University of Texas, the University of Oxford, the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS), the University of Southampton, HR Wallingford, Lancaster University and the Alan Turing Institute.

About the opportunity

UWA has been awarded $5 million in Federal Government funding to establish a new Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ITRH) which will focus on harnessing data and physics-based science to better understand offshore energy environments and improve future infrastructure design.

The five-year Australian Research Council ITRH for Transforming energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering (TIDE) will start in 2021.

Key responsibilities of the candidate are to:

  • To develop and lead physical, numerical and analytical modelling to investigate site investigation strategies and to develop technology and design approaches aimed at accounting appropriately for spatial seabed variability and measurement uncertainty in design. To provide support to research investigation related to pipe-soil interaction for free-spanning pipelines.
  • Collaborate and engage with the TIDE ITRH industry partners and the wider oil and gas and renewable energy industries at a local, national and international level.
  • Work collaboratively with other researchers and students engaged in the research team.
  • Promote research projects via publication of research papers and presentations at international conferences and workshops.
  • Support transfer of the TIDE ITRH research into practice in collaboration with the TIDE ITRH industry partners.
  • Assist in establishing the computing systems to support the storage, quality control and analysis of datasets from an extensive array of historic and real‐time data streams.
  • Participate in the TIDE ITRH activities and contribute to/organize group projects, workshops and other processes.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent industry experience in geotechnical engineering, with a specialisation in offshore geotechnical design and/or geostatistics, or a closely related field.
  • Relevant research experience (or advanced engineering practice) and expertise at an appropriate level in one of more of the following areas: offshore geotechnical design, site characterisation, geostatistics.
  • Demonstrated originality, creativity and innovation in the application of expert scientific knowledge.
  • Experience preparing manuscripts for publication and giving presentations at conferences, with a strong track record relative to opportunity.
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students.

About you

Experience interacting with and/or working in the offshore engineering industry will be considered an asset.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File 507192.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

When submitting your application you will be asked to indicate whether you wish to be considered for the Level B or Level C appointment, or both.

Closing date: Tuesday, 10 August 2021

This position is open to international applicants.

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

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020. 






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