Research Fellow, Control and Optimisation of Hypersonic Systems

Melbourne, Victoria, au
Category: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Published on 2021-08-05 19:16:42

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Salary: $73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

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 Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) 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 FEIT’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.

About the role:

The research fellow will join a team of academic staff and postgraduate students working on the interdisciplinary ARC Linkage Project “Co-design and dynamic mission optimisation of hypersonic flight vehicles”.

The research outcomes of this project will play an important role in understanding the capabilities of hypersonic systems.

Hypersonic platforms encounter more severe conditions than a conventional vehicle, imposed by an operating environment including high thermal loads that limit the aerodynamic design space. Tighter constraints on the limits of achievable subsystem performance have a cascading effect on performance over the total mission.

Concurrently, the wide range of flight conditions and Mach numbers encountered during an intra-atmospheric flight phase also impose stringent design requirements on the robustness of control solutions to ensure sufficient authority remains in the presence of highly dynamic parametric change and uncertainty.

You will have an outstanding background in Engineering, Computer Science, or Applied Mathematics (or equivalent) and will work in close collaboration with the Linkage Project partners from the University of Queensland and BAE Systems.

You will conduct research, leading to the preparation and publication of research outcomes in conferences and journals.

This role sits within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) and will be expected to be an active member of the Department, collaborating with other researchers. You may also undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as required.

About You:

Naturally you will be capable of demonstrating your prior record of achievement in the following:

  • PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, or Applied Mathematics, or closely related discipline
  • research experience in at least one of (and preferably more) model predictive control, optimisation, modelling and model reduction and use of computational fluid dynamics tools
  • record of quality and innovative research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity
  • capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
  • using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines
  • excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders (academic, administrative and support staff) in a courteous and effective manner

Additionally, it would be desirable (but not vital) if you if you also had experience in relation to any of the following:

  • hypersonic systems as related to at least one of model predictive control, guidance control systems, model reduction and CFD;
  • supervision of students and/or research assistants.

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 your Cover Letter - addressing all selection criteria; and your Resume.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be currently located within Australia and able to commence immediately or as soon as your notice period has been served.

You must be an Australian Citizen.

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Position Description: Download File Research Fellow- Control and Optimisation of Hypersonic Systems.doc

Applications close: 23 May 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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