Research Fellow - Real Time Control for Urban Wetlands & Waterways

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    The University of Melbourne
    The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, Australia
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Burnley, Vic 


Academic - Research Only, Academic - Teaching and Research, Science

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Job no: 0055772
Location: Burnley
Role type:
Full time/Part time; Fixed-term
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Ecosystems & Forest Sciences
Level A– $75,289 – $102,163 pro rata p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Faculty of Science

Science at the University of Melbourne is the most highly ranked Faculty of Science in Australia. Science is defined by its research excellence in the physical and life sciences and is at the forefront of research addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

The Faculty of Science has over 50,000 alumni and is one of the largest faculties in the University comprising six schools: BioSciences, Chemistry, Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

About the Role

You will work in a group of researchers studying interactions between landscapes and waterways, including rivers, streams and wetlands. We aim to generate knowledge and tools for achieving healthy waterways in urban and rural landscapes. The group is made up of ecologists, engineers, hydrologists, chemists, geomorphologists and social scientists. Combined, these skills allow us to undertake novel interdisciplinary research, as well as fundamental and applied research within each of our own disciplines. Our research ranges from laboratory studies (e.g. development and testing of stormwater management technologies) through to modelling (e.g development and application of hydrologic, hydraulic and ecological models) and field-based research (e.g. examination of drivers of ecological and geomorphic condition of running waters, at whole-of-catchment scale). We work in close collaboration with other researchers and research programs from around the world, as well as our local industry partners.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Working under the guidance of the Chief Investigators, plan and carry out research on the application of real-time control in stormwater wetlands and in smart rainwater storage networks and urban streams
  • Develop effective timelines and milestones based on goals of the research projects
  • Contribute to work as a team and further the research group’s output, including contributions to the Melbourne Waterway Research Practice Partnership’s research and scientific communication objectives
  • Active participating in communication and dissemination of research findings and their implications, to government, industry and collaborators
  • Be invited to give the occasional guest lecture or provide occasional help with specific teaching in their area of interest and expertise
  • Maintain a sound knowledge of current University Policy and Procedures, and reliably follow these or provide compliant advice to others

About You

You will have the ability to collaborate with industry partners and the ability to work independently but also to contribute as a member of a close-knit team. You will be able to liaise effectively with collaborators with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and undertake administrative functions and obligations primarily connected with the staff member’s area of research. You will treat everyone equitably, act fairly with staff and demonstrate respect for diversity and be an effective team player who is cooperative and gains the trust and support of staff, peers and clients through collaboration.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A PhD or equivalent experience in engineering, computer science, data science, information systems, mathematics, physics or a relevant discipline
  • A record of high-quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences, commensurate with opportunity
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

To find out more, please visit

Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected].



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