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Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow - Numerical modelling of a rotating detonation engine

Job no: 591819
Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Engineering, Research

  • Full-time or part-time fixed-term contract till 30th June 2021; based at RMIT City campus but may be required to work and/or based at other campuses of the University
  • Flexible working arrangements can be considered
  • Opportunity to utilise and further develop your coding experience & expertise using Python and various open source toolboxes to build a fully functional model that will investigate the performance of a flight vehicle through parametric analysis
  • Reports directly to the Associate Dean, Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($98,569 - $116,965) or Academic Level C ($120,657 - $139,129) + 17% superannuation

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design, and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.

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Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the College

The College comprises three Schools delivering a broad range of programs in science, engineering, health and technology at higher education certificate, bachelor, masters and PhD levels.  There is a vibrant research community attracting funding from a range of government and industry sources. The College has an annual income of approximately $500 million (with over $50 million in external research income p/a) and employs around 1,400 staff providing on and offshore programs to approximately 30,000 students (including 1,200 PhD students).

The School of Engineering comprises a diverse range of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering & Aviation; Chemical & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical & Biomedical Engineering; Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical & Automotive Engineering.  

As a top 100 university in the world for engineering (2015 QS Rankings by Faculty; Engineering and Technology), RMIT Engineering provides students with work-relevant education programs, access to excellent research facilities and opportunities to engage in creative real-world project work through robust relations with local and international industry leaders.

More details on the School of Engineering in this link.

About You & the Role

  • Perform high-impact engineering research and development activities, generating novel design concepts and managing IP/security protection activities to meet the requirements of research projects objectives
  • Carry out one-dimensional cycle analysis of novel propulsion concepts using Python and conduct parametric analysis of flight system configurations
  • Contribute to the validation of concept performance through conducting simplified CFD simulations of configurations
  • Support and conduct research & analysis of trajectory modelling using 3DOF
  • Be actively involved in the project management of the research as well as contribute and deliver impactful research outcomes & reports that are relevant to the funding body
  • Prepare and publish high quality articles in high impact journals in line RMIT’s intellectual property obligations set out in the primary contract for the projects
  • Contribute 10% of your time to mentor & supervise postgraduate students and participate in learning program activities appropriate to areas of expertise as well as administrative functions related to the research project

You will have:

  • Evidence of high-quality academic and/or research laboratory experience and skills in analytical compressible fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, propulsion system cycle analysis, combustion and Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Strong proficiency and capability to write code in Python to numerically solve complex scientific problems
  • Proven hands-on experience and record in conducting research in solid rocket, liquid rocket or airbreathing propulsion system cycle analyses, 3DOF simulations and the use of Cantera for combustion modeling will be highly regarded
  • An emerging track records in publishing high-quality journal articles and conferences, and/or research project reports, in research areas relevant to this area
  • Ability to communicate (both verbal and written) research concepts and knowledge through demonstrated high-quality technical reports and presentational skills
  • High-level of focus, as well as strong organisational and analytical skills, equipped with ability to identify ways to perform experimental procedures successfully within a team environment in collaboration with industry and/or other relevant stakeholders
  • Experience in co-supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students with ability to teach and/or mentor in the relevant areas of expertise

Qualifications

Mandatory: PhD qualified in the field Aerospace Engineering or in a closely related subject in Aerospace Engineering & Aviation domain.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences, and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognized by a broad spectrum of external organizations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins. 

To Apply

Please submit your updated resume and cover letter outlining your experience & achievements by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required. For any enquiries regarding this role, Dr Adrian Pudsey (adrian.pudsey@rmit.edu.au

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Download File PD - 591819 - Senior Research Fellow.pdf

We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email TalentSupport@rmit.edu.au or call Kassie on +61399252442 with your request(s).

Applications close Sunday 13th December 2020.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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