Postdoctoral Research Fellow - School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

The University of Queensland

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Position type:

Full time


$95,737 - $106,449

10 Jun 2019
09 Jul 2019

Full details:

Reference number: QUE-507746

With an excellent reputation for quality graduate training and research performance, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering delivers a comprehensive range of programs in aerospace, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and mining engineering.

Boasting strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, we are focused on strengthening our position in the engineering community. We will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow by attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment.

Our people are our greatest asset. We offer collaborative, inclusive work and study places, which are enriched by the significant diversity of our staff, students and community. We genuinely believe that creativity and innovation flourishes in an environment where people feel supported, valued and empowered. Mutual respect, inclusivity and accountability are at the cornerstone of UQ’s culture.

The School is committed to supporting the career growth of women researchers and have a number of initiatives to support women in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the School.

The role

The successful appointee will conduct research within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project to develop new generation of aluminum alloys through big data analytics. Duties include:

  • Development of a big data analytic knowledge model that is capable of correlating the chemical compositions and processes of aluminum alloys to the mechanical properties.
  • Design and development of new aluminum alloys and the associated processing using the big data analytic model to achieve high strength and high ductility.
  • Full characterization of the newly developed aluminum alloys and investigation and understanding of strengthening mechanisms of the alloys.  
  • Development of new generation of low carbon bainitic steels and the associated processes based on the well-developed grain refinement models for cast metals.
  • Study of the formation mechanisms of micro-structure formed within medium temperature range in low carbon low alloy steels.
  • Draft progress reports to the financial funder of the project.
  • Publish research outcomes in high quality journals.

In addition, the successful appointee will also be involved in limited teaching and service and engagement duties within the School.

The person

Applicants should possess PhD or progress towards in the area of materials science and engineering or manufacturing. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in materials science and engineering and manufacturing, a strong background on physical metallurgy of metals, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very good writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person below.


This is a full-time fixed term appointment at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,827 - $90,982p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $95,737 - $106,449 p.a.).

The University of Queensland also offers other competitive options including salary sacrificing, on campus childcare, leave packaging and discounted private health insurance as well as many other benefits.


To discuss this role please contact Prof Mingxing Zhang on +61 7 3346 8709 or



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