Research Fellow, Modelling Fluid Processes beneath the Antarctic Ice Shelf – University of Melbourne

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:

This position is part of the ARC Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS), a national-scale, University-led, international centre focused on helping the world community prepare for climate risks emerging from East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Further information on ACEAS is available at

This project will investigate the fluid processes of the ocean boundary layer beneath ice shelves. We will use high-resolution direct numerical and large-eddy simulations combined with laboratory experiments to study small-scale processes in the boundary layer and further develop improved parameterisations. The project will also address the role of ice cavity circulation and water exchanges between the cavity and ocean in basal melting.

The Research Fellow will contribute to ACEAS Program 3 which focuses on the sub-regional and Regional Antarctic Margins. The position will be based at the University of Melbourne, in the world-renowned Fluid Mechanics Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

About You:

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A postgraduate research degree at the PhD level (or near completion) in a field relevant to the position described above. Specifically in the discipline of Physical Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Applied Mathematics, or other closely related fields.
  • Experience in analysing output from and development of computational fluid dynamics models, with high-level expertise in programming (e.g. Fortran/C, Python) and High-Performance Computing.
  • A record of high-quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both as part of team and independently, with a curios nature and commitment to interdisciplinary research and determination to overcome challenging problems. 

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

  • Experience in the analysis of observational datasets.
  • Experience in numerical simulation and modelling of turbulent flows with convection, stratification.
  • Experience in supervision of students or other researchers.
  • A record of applying for and attracting research grant funding.

For specific responsibilities (including additional criteria for a level B appointment) of this role, please refer to the attached Position Description.

You will be supported to pursue achievement in all pillars of an academic career:

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, childcare 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
  • 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 will be an Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident, or a holder of an appropriate visa.

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