Research Fellow in Hydrology and Water Quality

University of Melbourne

Parkville VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Job no: 0058997
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full time; Fixed-term until October 2025
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: Department of Infrastructure Engineering
Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About – Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Combining civil engineering, environmental engineering and geomatics in one department creates a broad scope for our research and engineering education. Our focus is to solve infrastructure problems in a sustainable way.

The Departmental philosophy is to attract and retain the highest quality staff available in order to maintain a vigorous research effort. Our strategic plan is to address the most urgent contemporary problems of our rapidly developing industrial society, with investigations into the engineered and natural environment.

About the Role
You will conduct independent research, leading to the preparation and publication of research outcomes in conferences and journals. The primary research you will undertake initially is within the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Improving water quality modelling by better understanding solute transport”.  You will be located in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) and will be expected to be an active member of the Department, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Independently planning and carrying out research on the nominated research project and work towards completion of the aims of the project.
  • Identifying sources of funding to support individual or collaborative projects, relating to teaching, research and engagement practice in the discipline.
  • Actively participating in some outreach activities relating to research and scholarship.
  • Contributing to teaching, training, scientific mentoring and supervision of students.

About You
To be successful in this role you will have the capability for innovative research, as evidenced by scholarly publication as well as the capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences. You will have experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines. You will also be confident in your interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders (academic, administrative and support staff) in a courteous and effective manner.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Catchment Hydrology and/or Catchment Water Quality, or closely related discipline.
  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity.
  • Demonstrated advanced catchment modelling skills, preferably in water quality.
  • Ability to perform independent research and a commitment to interdisciplinary research.
  • Excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records.
  • Ability to undertake field work, including a driver’s license valid in Victoria.

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.

About the University
The University of Melbourne 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.

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, 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

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 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

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected].

Position Description

Advertised: 14 Mar 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 12 Apr 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time





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