Postdoctoral Fellow at The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the largest and most prestigious in Australia, with 2500 student enrolments, 80 academic staff, 25 professional staff, and total annual budget of over $22 million including external research grants. Our mission is to prepare students for careers of leadership and innovation, create new scientific advances, and translate research outcomes to positively impact national and global industry and society. We are seeking to attract high-calibre researchers and educators to expand our thriving research programs and contribute to our education excellence in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics. For further information about the School, please visit

About the roles

  • 2 positions available
  • Level A – $95,449 – $102,091 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Postdoctoral Fellow will perform a variety of high quality research on novel bio-inspired fire retardants for the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies. The Postdoctoral Fellow works closely with other Centre members to develop original fire retardants using new formulations and advances manufacturing techniques.

The Postdoctoral Fellow reports to the Director (Professor Guan Heng Yeoh) and has a dotted reporting line to the Head of School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Professor Chun Wang) and Dr Raymond Neff, and no direct reports.

For a full list of responsibilities, please refer to the attached position description.

About the successful applicant:

  • PhD (or soon to be conferred) or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.
  • Previous experience and knowledge in industry is highly desirable.
  • Experience in fire retardant formulations in polymer materials or testings of fire-retardant materials.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in polymer materials engineering, thin films/surface coating fabrication, and material characterization techniques using microscopy and related methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications in high quality journals and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Download File Position Description – Postdoctoral Fellow – April 2020.docx


Hayley Randall

Talent Acquisition Consultant

Applications close: 11:30pm, Wednesday 13th May 2020

Position Description

Advertised: 29 Apr 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 13 May 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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