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Research Fellow in Computational Fluid Mechanics

Job no: 0054847
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time- Fixed-term for 12 months
Engineering & Information Technology

Department: Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Level A$80,258 - $108,906 p.a plus 17% super

  • Conduct computational research to advance the understanding of wall-bounded turbulent flows over riblets and roughness, aiming for fundamental advancements with real-world applications.
  • Develop independent research in the dynamic Department of Mechanical Engineering, contributing to collaborations and high-quality publications, while also having the opportunity to supervise PhD students and engage in teaching as needed.
  • 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. Reporting to Associate Professor Daniel Chung, the successful candidate will develop independent research, collaborate with a team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, publish findings, present at conferences, and may also engage in limited teaching activities.

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;
  • Regularly prepare accurate and meticulous records and technical reports of all the numerical simulations, data analysis and flow-physical modelling

Who We Are Looking For
You will be possess excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders. Your commitment to excellence, continual improvement, curiosity, enthusiasm, dedication to the research topic, humility, and a willingness to learn will contribute to a positive and collaborative work environment.

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;
  • Experience in physical modelling and data analysis of wall-bounded turbulent flows;
  • Experience in numerical simulation of wall-bounded turbulent flows on high-performance computers

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

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – The Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, one of the largest in Australia, offers teaching across undergraduate degrees in Science and Commerce, followed by a professional Master of Engineering. Focused on maintaining a vigorous research effort, the department addresses urgent contemporary issues in biomechanics, robotics, manufacturing, materials, fluid mechanics, and thermal sciences to contribute to the development of our industrial society.

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!

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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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