• Full Time
  • Sydney

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Faculty of Engineering & IT / Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration

At UTS the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose. We are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines. UTS Equal Futures celebrates and supports women in academia through every stage of their career.


As part of Athena SWAN, UTS has set an overarching target of 40 per cent academic women in STEMM by 2022. The Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration is committed to UTS’s target and supporting the career development of women academics. UTS Women in Engineering & IT program fosters a network of passionate females and males who are actively involved in the development of our next generation of young engineering and IT professionals.   

The Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to predominately focus on the academic activities associated with a defence project relating to an ARC Discovery Project. The position will be based at a 9000 m² transdisciplinary facility that is designed to bring university and industry together to innovate at UTS Tech Lab in Botany and will report directly to Senior Lecturer, Centre for Audio Acoustics and Vibration Dr Sebastian Oberst.


The Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration main research goal is translational  and applied research by studying the acoustics and vibrations of novel materials and signals and those used for vibration, acoustics and robotics (metamaterials, acoustic absorbing materials).


About the role
The role will require you to work within the Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibrations (CAAV), in the vibration laboratory and with the bioacoustics and advanced materials group. Role requirements include:

•                    Research activities focusing on experimental and numerical studies on acoustic materials, especially absorbing panels and metamaterial structures subjected to fluid loading,

•                    Project management, project execution, results reporting and demonstration,

•                    Project proposal preparation, writing of papers, and other related experiment design.

•                    Support the development of the Centre in both high-quality funding applications and world-standard research outcomes.


About you

·         Ability to translate and demonstrate the academic research results to the general public.

·         Demonstrated strong experience in experimental acoustics, acoustic materials and vibration, especially transmission loss measurements.

·         Demonstrated knowledge in numerical simulation and theoretical analysis.

·         Desired knowledge of underwater acoustics.

·         PhD in Physics or Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline.

·         Refereed publications in reputable international journals of the top quartile of the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Those wishing to be considered for the Level B Fellow opportunity will need to meet additional criteria to the above that is outlined in the Position Description.

Base Salary Range: $89,581 to $124,298 pa (Level A. Step 3 – Level B)
This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.


UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.


This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 24 months.

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. 

How To Apply


For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please click the apply link and download the Position Statement from the UTS website.


UTS is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce and we encourage applicants where relevant to include a relative to opportunity or career disruption/break statement within their CV.


You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Answering Selection Criteria​.


Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.


Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC165783.


Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to Pam Price in the UTS Recruitment Team at recruitment@uts.edu.au or on +61 (0) 2 9514 7412.


Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.


Closing Date:  Thursday 23rd April 2020 at 11.50pm AEST


Due to social distancing because of COVID-19, interviews may be conducted via teleconference (Zoom) if a face-to-face interview is not practical. UTS will endeavour to progress the recruitment process in a timely fashion working around the conditions that are present.


Please note: If you have a disability that requires adjustment to the recruitment process or an alternative application pathway please contact recruitment@uts.edu.aufor assistance.


We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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