Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geomechanics in Perth

The Opportunity

  • Develop a non-destructive rock characterisation methodology.
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Kick-start your research career at Australia’s premier research organisation!

As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will develop a novel non-destructive rock characterisation methodology, in collaboration with Curtin University (Western Australia) and Duke University (USA), using a multiphysics theoretical and numerical framework based on geomechanical laboratory experimentation.

In this role you will be working with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers collaborating across institutions to develop an approach of high interest both in academia and industry. You will perform laboratory experiments at CSIRO’s Geomechanics and Geophysics Laboratory in Perth and contribute to the development of the project’s underlying theoretical and numerical models.  You will achieve impact by developing analysis strategies that reduce the required number of laboratory experiments to characterise rock responses to varying conditions in terms of temperature, confining pressure and deformation rate.

Your duties will include

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will lead to important scientific outcomes.
  • Perform geomechanical experiments and assist with the identification and resolution of any problems in methodology, results, etc. to ensure the quality of the output data.
  • Develop new theories, tools, and techniques related to the analysis, integration and processing of experimental data.
  • Collaborate with the theoretical and numerical modellers to develop the multiphysics numerical simulator at the core of the project, including running numerical simulations and contributing to specific aspects of the code development

Location:      Perth (Kensington), Western Australia
Tenure:          Ppecified Term of 3 years
Salary:           AU $82,450 to AU $93,280 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    59356

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Civil/Mechanical/Mining/Petroleum Engineering or a related field with a focus on theoretical and applied geomechanics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  •  A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals relevant to theoretical and applied geomechanics.
  • Experience in conducting standard geomechanics laboratory experiments, including but not limited to: operating pressure/triaxial vessels, data acquisition (strain, ultrasonic).
  • Demonstrated experience in multiphysics geomechanical modelling (either theoretically or numerically).
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting numerical modelling and simulation.

For more information please view the Position Description.
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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Monday, 25th February, 2019.

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