Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Fellow

Brisbane (Suburb), South East Queensland
AUD$81,545 - $87,535 (Level A) or AUD$92,142 - $109,419 (Level B) p.a. plus up to 17% superannuation
23 Mar 2017
22 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time



The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent international reputation which has been built over four decades at the University. With 35 academic staff, including 17 professors, the School provides quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. The School conducts undergraduate teaching in the disciplines of chemical, biological, environmental and metallurgical engineering and teaches into postgraduate programs in growing fields including integrated water management and energy studies. The School's project centred curriculum was recently chosen in a RAE & MIT study as one of six global exemplars in leading engineering education. UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked in the top 25 worldwide in the 2016 QS subject rankings for chemical engineering and was the top ranking school in Australia. It was also given the highest score awarded for chemical engineering in Australia in the recent ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) study.

The UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation is a research centre within the School of Chemical Engineering. Please refer to its website at for more information.

The role: The successful applicant will be appointed for a period of 2 years to work on the evaluation of new sustainable chemical and fuel related processes. The candidate will lead studies, both desktop and particularly laboratory, from the conceptual design stage to analyse their techno-economics and sustainability. The candidate will work with the UQ Dow Centre team and industry colleagues to use existing analysis tools and to develop new analytical methods.

The person: The successful candidate is expected to show creativity, independence, self-motivation, as well as leadership and management skills to ensure the success of the project(s) they are associated with and to meet project milestones. Experience in research in petrochemicals or hydrocarbon chemistry is desirable. Most projects the Centre will work on will involve new technologies, which involve science and engineering, not necessarily exactly matching the educational background of the candidate, so the ability to learn and rapidly adopt in new areas is critical.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:

Applications are also encouraged from women.

Remuneration: This is a full-time fixed-term appointment at Academic Level A or B. Depending on the level of appointment the remuneration package will be in the range of AUD$81,545 - $87,535 (Level A) or AUD$92,142 - $109,419 (Level B) p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%.

Enquiries: To discuss this role please contact Dr Simon Smart on To submit an application for this role, go to and use the Apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents: cover letter, a resumé and a separate document with responses to the selection criteria. Apart from those three documents please do not attach any additional documents or certificates. If required, referee reports will be requested directly from the referees you have nominated.

Applications close: 22 April 2017

Job no: 500372