Research Fellow – Magnetic Refrigeration

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jun 27, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0062724
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time, Fixed term up to 3 years
Faculty: Engineering and Information Technology
School: Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Salary: Level A $97,770 - $113,262 p.a. Level B $119,231 - $141,581 p.a plus 17% superannuation

About the Role
As a Research Fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne, you will engage in pioneering research on magnetic refrigeration techniques, systems and magnetocaloric materials to advance hydrogen liquefaction technology for boil-off gas handling and reuse. Supported by an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grant, this role offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading cryogenic and process-related companies and contribute to the commercialization of cutting-edge hydrogen infrastructure. You will work closely with industry partners and a multi-disciplinary university's research team led by Dr. Shanaka Kristombu Baduge, to develop solutions for managing hydrogen boil-off in mega-scale liquid hydrogen tanks, while also contributing to the department's national and international research outreach efforts.

Your responsibilities will include:

Who We Are Looking For
You will have a strong or emerging track record of publications, with proven expertise in preparing manuscripts for academic journals. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, combined with the ability to collaborate effectively with industry partners to meet project deadlines, are essential for this role.

You will also have:

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

The successful candidates must hold or be willing to obtain a valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Your new team – The 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.

We address the most urgent contemporary problems of our rapidly developing industrial society, with investigations into the engineered and natural environment.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
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Join us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Shabon Nawabi via email at , ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description