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Research Fellow in Computational Fluid Mechanics

Job no: 0054847
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time,Fixed-term for 12 months (possibility of extension)
 Engineering and Information Technology
School: Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Level A – $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology seeks to appoint an excellent research-focused academic with a passion for the field of Computational Fluid Mechanics.

  • This is a fixed-term research-focused position in a globally-recognised school
  • It is an opportunity for a talented academic to join a motivated, engaged and collegiate cohort of Faculty staff
  • University benefits include: salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a researcher with expertise in Computational Fluid Mechanics to conduct computational research towards advancing our physical understanding and modelling of wall-bounded turbulent flows over riblets and roughness.

The role involves conducting independent research, publishing findings in journals and presenting at conferences. The appointee will join a Mechanical Engineering Department team, collaborate with fellow researchers, supervise PhD students, and potentially engage in limited teaching duties. This work is aimed at both fundamental progress and practical applications, with support from government grants, international funding, and industry partnerships.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Independently plan and carry out research on the projects and work towards successful completion of the aims of the projects;
  • Develop effective timelines and milestones based on goals of the research program;
  • Perform numerical simulations, data analysis and flow-physical modelling, and communicate this information to the supervisor and collaborators;

Who We Are Looking For
We’re looking for people who demonstrate strong disciplinary knowledge, excellent communication and engagement skills, the ability to work collaboratively and engage positively with colleagues and stakeholders, and are highly motivated to undertake high-quality computational research.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in mechanical engineering, or closely related discipline
  • A track record of research quality, as evidenced by scholarly publications in leading journals and by presentations at major conferences, commensurate with opportunity
  • Commitment to excellence and continual improvement

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Your New Team – School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
The School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI) undertakes teaching and research across a range of disciplines that are internationally recognised for their contribution to fundamental research. EMI has several well-established industry linkages and international partnership and is building a vibrant profile of interdisciplinary research, working with industry with an aim to contribute to society. A major focus of the School is to attract and retain outstanding and internationally recognised academic staff. EMI is committed to increasing the number of female engineers and scientists on its staff.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We recognise that reconciliation is central to our purpose. For more information, please visit our Reconciliation page.

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Fahim Farzad via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

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