First listed on: 15 May 2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Multiscale Computational Nanofluidics

Job no: 0050603

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville, Victoria

Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering

Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering

Salary: $93,130* - $99,964 p.a.(*minimum level for this appointment)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

  • An exciting opportunity to advance your academic career as part of an International team
  • Opportunities for professional development and to work in the US

  • 1-year contract with possibility of extension

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen MSE’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI) recognises that engineered systems of present and future significance increasingly have connections to all three.

We are the oldest engineering school in Australia – initially founded in 1861 – and have evolved into a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers passionate about addressing major challenges of today and into the future.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an emerging academic looking to advance their research career in the field of multiscale simulation of nanoconfined polymer solutions. This exciting research project involves collaboration between teams at University of Melbourne, University of Michigan, RMIT University, and Swinburne University of Technology. This is a 12-month contract with possibility of extension.

The research fellow will have a unique opportunity to be part of an international team and contribute towards both the computational and theoretical aspects of the project. Computational work will involve the use of the LAMMPS software package and development of an in-house software to perform multiscale simulations from molecular to particle-based mesoscopic simulations to theoretical continuum modelling of polymer solutions under conditions of high confinement and large deformation rates.

The role will be primarily located at our Parkville campus with potential opportunity to work a 1-month period at the University of Michigan, working alongside Prof. Ronald Larson.

In addition, there is an allowance for conference attendance/professional development.

Your Profile

You will be highly motivated and passionate about achieving excellence in your field. Your strong interpersonal skills will enable you to build relationships with a diverse range of people.

You Will Have

  • A PhD in polymer physics, statistical mechanics, mathematical physics, mechanical/chemical engineering or an equivalent discipline;
  • Strong background in statistical polymer physics, structure and rheology of complex fluids such as polymer solutions and colloidal suspensions, and transport phenomena;
  • Experience in conducting molecular and/or mesoscale particle-based simulation techniques;
  • Experience in C++ programming, Python, the LAMMPS package, or the ability to become quickly proficient would be advantageous;

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload a cover letter (1 page) and a brief curriculum vitae (a maximum of 3 pages).

Further details can be obtained from Dr Ellie Hajizadeh (

Please note that we are only able to accept applications from those with current working rights in Australia that are not affected by travel restrictions.

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Applications close: 12 Jun 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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