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Senior Research Fellow (Thermoset Composites Manufacturing – Pultrusion)

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Senior Research Fellow (Thermoset Composites Manufacturing - Pultrusion)

  • Remuneration range $134,388 to $154,460 pa
  • Full-time fixed term appointment for 3 years
  • Toowoomba campus


Centre for Future Materials

About us

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a dynamic regional University committed to developing research solutions that deliver a global impact.  With a vision to be a leading discovery partner in priority research areas, USQ aligns its research with regional and global agendas in agriculture and natural resource management, regional development, regional health and wellbeing, engineering, education and digital literacy.

The Centre for Future Materials (CFM) delivers world class research in the design and development of innovative materials for diverse engineering applications. With a strong focus on polymer and concrete composites, CFM drives the development of low cost, sustainable, automated production technologies, servicing the aerospace, space, defence, marine, wind energy and civil sectors. The Centre has a significant portfolio of research activity and funds from the ARC, CRC and Industry and hosts researchers who have contributed to USQ’s recent Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 rating of well above world class for Materials Engineering.

A rewarding opportunity is currently available for a highly motivated researcher to provide leadership, project management, and initiate, develop and lead projects driving the development of low cost, sustainable, automated production technologies.

What you’ll do

Reporting to the Director (Centre for Future Materials), you will initiate, develop and lead projects on thermoset composites manufacturing, focused on advanced pultrusion technologies to drive the development of low cost, sustainable, automated production technologies, servicing the aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy, defence and civil sectors. In doing so, you will:

  • provide a high level of expertise in thermoset composite materials and manufacturing technologies;
  • attract and supervise postgraduate research students in polymer composites;
  • contribute to and develop research proposals for submission to external funding providers;
  • publish research findings in high quality journal publications;
  • establish and build collaborative research partnerships with a variety of stakeholders;
  • promote research activities and outputs within the broader community. 

What will help you succeed?

Your energy and initiative, combined with your knowledge regarding thermoset composites manufacturing will be vital to your success in this role. In addition, you will have:

  • a relevant PhD and a demonstrated track record of research expertise in thermoset composites manufacturing, particularly in reference to the experimental and/or simulation development for pultrusion processing and permeability will be highly regarded;
  • an established track record of attracting ongoing research funding, as demonstrated by the award of external competitive grants;
  • a demonstrated ability to supervise research staff and postgraduate research students;
  • a high level of scientific communication skills, as demonstrated by a strong publication record and engagement in national and international conferences;
  • an ability to engage effectively with the composites community and other key external stakeholders.

The location

As a staff member of USQ, you will experience a range of rewarding career, financial and lifestyle benefits, including generous superannuation, professional development programs, discounted personal travel and health services and many work / life balance initiatives. You will also join a diverse, highly motivated and collaborative team of researchers - all while enjoying the relaxed lifestyle and family-friendly atmosphere afforded by living in Toowoomba.

USQ Toowoomba is located on the beautiful Darling Downs in Queensland. Situated on the edge of the picturesque Great Dividing Range, just one and a half hours west of Brisbane and only two hours from both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Toowoomba offers all the benefits of urban living without any of the big-city pressures. With a population of approximately 160,000 residents, Toowoomba has an enviable reputation for quality of lifestyle and world-class education. Escape the pressures of big city life while still pursuing your career goals and enjoy all that this thriving regional community has to offer.


Reference Number:  103279

Term:  Full-time fixed term appointment for 3 years

Salary:  Total remuneration range $134,388 to $154,460 pa (includes salary range of $113,554 to $130,515 pa, employer superannuation contributions of 17% of salary and annual leave loading)

Closes:  Sunday, 9 December 2018


If you think you can bring this role to life, we invite you to submit your resume/CV along with a two page statement outlining your motivation and suitability for the role.  You can find out more about the role in the Position Description.


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