Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Faculty / School / Unit: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering / Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
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About the role
The Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information at UTS is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work closely with Associate Professor Qilin Wang as part of a research project funded by the ARC Future Fellowship (FT200100264 Microbial Control in Wastewater Systems Using a Renewable Material).
The role will see you conducting research activities on wastewater treatment and sludge treatment experiments, preparing and presenting results in papers and conferences, presenting at seminars and co-supervising PhD students.
The Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater (CTWW) is a multidisciplinary research centre with more than 20 highly active full time academic researchers including an International Water Association Distinguished Fellow. CTWW’s research activities in water and wastewater are from the industry and competitive funding schemes including the ARC. CTWW researchers publish over 150 peer review journal papers every year. CTWW has an outstanding worldwide reputation in the fields of biological wastewater treatment, water recycling and environmental biotechnology. CTWW has been recognised as a global leader in Desalination technology (League of Scholars) and ranked 16th in the world in Water Reuse Research (Lux Research).
Day to day you will:
- conduct high quality research in the areas of wastewater treatment and sludge treatment
- generate and sustain high quality research publication outputs (in particular in highly ranked journals) in the areas of wastewater treatment and sludge treatment
- attract research funding in the areas of wastewater treatment and sludge treatment
- present findings at relevant peer-reviewed conferences and seminars
- contribute to the Centre, School and the Faculty’s research strategies, performance indicators and targets.
- build international collaborations and networks with world-renowned experts
- participate in acquiring competitive government and industry grant funding
- participate in relevant external, university, faculty, school and centre committees, meetings and activities.
- develop necessary leadership skills to lead a small team of 1-2 PhD students.
You will have expertise in wastewater treatment and sludge treatment and will be expected to support the activities of the research team and apply for independent research fellowships or funding. We are looking for an emerging motivated individual with the following qualities and experiences to foster the right outcomes for the project and so you will have:
- a PhD Degree (or a PhD student who just submitted thesis) in Environmental Engineering or a very closely related field.
- comprehensive knowledge in wastewater treatment and sludge treatment.
- demonstrated experience in one or more of the following topics: Sludge Treatment, Sludge Digestion, Waste Management, Wastewater Treatment.
- experience in data analysis and project management in the field of wastewater
- microbial analysis and understanding of microbiology
- experience in reactor operation for wastewater and sludge treatment
- the ability to rigorously design experiments and to perform experiments under well-controlled conditions
- the ability to mentor Masters or higher degree research (HDR) students
- the ability to deliver high quality results for government funded research projects as a contributor.
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 QS Top 50 Under 50 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.
Remuneration & Benefits
Base Salary Range: $81,344 to $99,072 pa (Level A)
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.
How to Apply
For the full list of selection criteria and role responsibilities, please download the Position Statement (available in the Documents section).
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.
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Specific enquiries on the role may be directed to Abdul Macauley in the UTS Recruitment Team at [email protected]
Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to Abdul Macauley in the UTS Recruitment Team at [email protected]
Closing Date:28th September, 2021 at 11.59pm (AEST)
Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia for the duration of the contract term.
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UTS is recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we were among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.
We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.