Friday, 11 March 2016

University of Western Australia,Research Fellow – Research Associate - Offshore Renewable Energy



| REF: 496442 |
OCEANS INSTITUTECentre for Offshore Foundation Systems and School of Earth and Environment funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
  • 3 year appointment
  • Minimum commencing salary for PhD is $88,520 p.a. or
  • Level B $93,182 - $110,654 p.a. (salary level commensurate with experience)
  • Plus 17% Superannuation
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top Australian universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.
About the project: UWA, in collaboration with Carnegie Wave Energy (CWE), is undertaking an ARENA funded R&D project with multiple fundamental and applied research components that are collectively aimed at determining the cost-weighted optimal location for wave energy conversion (WEC) devices along coastlines. The project is led by 6 academic staff based in the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems and the School of Earth and Environment and is part of a larger team working on offshore renewable energy at UWA's Oceans Institute. UWA hosts more than 40 academics with interests in physical oceanography, offshore engineering and coastal dynamics. Applying this expertise to ocean renewable energy problems is a growing research area.
The motivation for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) project is develop a set of tools and guidelines to inform the optimal placement of WECs, including Carnegie's next generation CETO 6, considering not only optimal conditions for energy generation, but also subsea infrastructure and operations cost. The project is significant due to the potential for considerable cost savings in the deployment and operations of WEC arrays internationally, thus making wave-energy derived electricity more cost competitive compared to traditional non-renewable sources. Wave energy has the potential to supply a significant part of the Australian Federal Government mandated Renewable Energy Target, but only if costs are considerably reduced.
To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
  • A PhD (or nearly completed) in a discipline relevant to nearshore wave modelling and hydrodynamics.
  • Relevant research experience using numerical wave models (ideally with both phase-averaged and phase-resolving classes of models).
  • Experience with scientific computing, compiling open source numerical models, and ideally being comfortable modifying numerical codes.
  • Experience in offshore geotechnics would be beneficial, but is not necessary
  • Experience in promoting research, preparing manuscripts for publication and giving presentations at international conferences and workshops.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team
  • Commitment to service roles in the workplace.
  • Commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.
  • Experience in supervising and training postgraduate or undergraduate research students would be beneficial but not required.
  • Experience in collaborating and engaging with industry, and transferring research results into practice would be highly beneficial.
For further information, please email Professor Ryan Lowe or Dr. Jeff Hansen
Closing date: Friday 8 April 2016
This position is open to international applicants. Benefits include generous superannuation and leave provisions and fares to Perth (if applicable) for appointee and dependants along with a removal allowance. These and other benefits will be specified in the offer of employment.
How to apply: Applications must be submitted online. Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Applicants should clearly demonstrate how they meet the selection criteria. Please see the position description prior to applying: 314865.pdf

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