Research Fellow, AIR Hub

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, 12 month fixed term position located in Hawthorn and Clayton
About the Job
The Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) will be a world-class, Victorian-led collaboration between Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO, industry, and research partners. AIR Hub has been designed with Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing leaders to reinforce the State’s pre-eminent position in advanced composites manufacturing for civil aerospace projects and accelerate development of composites manufacturing for integrated structures and airframes in eVTOL urban passenger, cargo, and aeromedical air vehicles. The research will leverage the Swinburne-CSIRO Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composites Manufacturing, a $15m investment for collaborative projects with industry partners using automated composites manufacturing technology. The Testlab will enable research into digitalisation of composites manufacturing and the development of model-based engineering approaches for the aerospace sector.

This position of Research Fellow will play a key role in applying cutting edge R&D to demonstrator projects to showcase and translate Swinburne expertise in:

• Advanced composites,
• Intelligent manufacturing processes,
• design and digitalization in aerospace structures.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide expertise in these fields and the state of the art in technologies in these fields. The Research Fellow will be required to lead research work packages for AIR Hub projects, supervise students and early career researchers and engineers at Swinburne, Industry Partner and research partner facilities. The Research Fellow will be required to work with principal investigators to ensure cutting edge research and expert thinking is applied to the partner challenges. It is expected that the Research Fellow will be a communicator, teacher, learner and facilitator competently and effectively collaborating across a diverse team to meet the demonstrator project deliverables and milestones.

This role will report to the Project Leader(s) relevant for their assigned projects and work packages to ensure project delivery as well as to the Principal Investigators to ensure research continuity and stewardship. The Research Fellow will be passionate about aerospace, self-motivated and inspired to develop the next generation in aerospace technologies.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About you
• A Bachelor (Hons) degree or Master degree in Engineering or Science majoring in Aerospace, Materials, Manufacturing, Robotics, Automation or Chemical Engineering, or related field
• A PhD in Engineering or Science in the field of Composites Materials, Manufacturing, Digitalisation, Aerospace, Automation, Design or another related field. (awarded or submitted for examination)
• Highly developed engineering skillset and project experience in carbon composite characterisation, process optimization, experimental design, and polymer resin curing
• Experience and proven ability to collaborate with industry on applied research projects in the aerospace or advanced composite manufacturing sectors
• Knowledge and experience of data-driven process modelling
• Experience in effective public presentation of research outputs in industry and academic forums

Key Responsibilities
• Develop knowledge and understanding of the composite manufacturing techniques, related processing technologies and Industry 4.0 digitalisation concepts of interest to AIR Hub and industry partners from the Aerospace sector
• Plan and undertake applied research in composite materials and their manufacture; in particular process parameter optimisation of resin cure cycles, fibre layup and forming and consolidation techniques, according to the research plan for the AIR Hub demonstrator program
• Develop, optimise and integrate outcomes from the applied research into a model-based engineering (MBE) approach to support digitalization of manufacturing processes for composite aerostructures
• Collaborate with AIR Hub research and industry partners to develop innovative project outcomes
• Present findings at industry forums, showcase events and to other stakeholders
• Contribute to initiatives to identify the most promising future directions and revenue streams for AIR Hub, including contributions to funding applications.
• Prepare and deliver high quality presentations and adopting an active involvement in the coordination of key events as required.
• Build and maintain appropriate project documentation and tracking systems for agreements, projects and their resources through all stages of the project lifecycle.
• Report against key milestones and performance measures to key stakeholders
• Provide advice to and co-supervise postgraduate students

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Careers at Swinburne.

How to apply and further information
To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position, contact Sanjeev Rao (Project Leader) via email at:

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Diversity and Inclusion
Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:

• Reconciliation Action Plan
• Charter of Cultural Diversity
• Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
• Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support
We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 17th January 2022

Note: This position is open to candidates that are currently located within Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate work visa.


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