First listed on: 18 September 2020

Job no: 0051098

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering

Department/School: School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Salary: $73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

  • Fantastic opportunity to work closely with industry partners
  • Bring your experience in food processing to a role with real research outcomes
  • 1.5 year fixed-term contract

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen MSE’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

About the Department of Chemical Engineering

Our academic staff are passionate about undertaking world class research in Chemical Engineering. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and offers a supportive collaborative environment for innovative research.

Industry Engagement is a key focus, and we carry out research projects based on deep collaborations with government and business and work with organisations that provide internship opportunities for our students.

You'll find smart people, emerging solutions to big problems, and plenty of chances to create a real difference in the world!

The opportunity

MSE is seeking to appoint a motivated and collaborative emerging academic with a background in biochemical engineering research. The role will focus on developing novel methods to improve the nutrient content of a range of dairy products. This Research Fellow opportunity is an exciting chance to further advance your academic career as well as work closely with a range of industry partners.

You will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Greg Martin and Professor Sally Gras, investigating the relationship between protein content and the structure and texture of dairy products. You will work closely with industry partners to conduct this research, including conducting technical reviews of scientific and patent literature. As a senior member of the research lab you will be expected to conduct high quality experimental research and help lead lab operations.

About you

You will be passionate researcher driven by the opportunity to produce an excellent standard of research with real outcomes for the industry partners. Your excellent interpersonal skills will enable you to work with a diverse group of people and communicate your research to various audiences. Outstanding organisational skills and time management will support you in balancing competing priorities and delivering to project timeframes.

You will have

  • A PhD in a relevant engineering discipline, ideally with experience in food/dairy processing.
  • Experience in protein characterisation and an understanding of general principles of rheology and food microstructure.
  • Experience in using a range of analytical tools and developing new laboratory methods.

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your Cover Letter addressing your suitability for the role. You do not need to respond to each Selection Criteria listed in the attached PD.

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Applications close:18 Oct 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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