ARC Grant Funded Researcher (A), Mathematical Sciences @Adelaide

Location: School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: Fixed-term position for 2½ years
Remuneration: Level A ($91,402–$97,927) per annum + employer contribution of 17% superannuation
Closing Date: 11:55pm, Monday 1st May 2023

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will conduct research funded by the Australian Research Council on developing mathematical models to predict biofilm expansion.

Build your research career at the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences in a world-class research discipline of Applied Mathematics.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to the development of mathematical models to predict biofilm expansion. This project aims to better understand the mechanisms that inhibit and promote the growth of biofilms by comparing results from mathematical models with experiments of biofilms grown in the laboratory. Insights from the modelling and experiments of biofilms will have practical applications in biotechnological, industrial, and medical sectors. The candidate will be encouraged to develop, simulate and analyse mathematical models for biofilm growth processes independently, using partial differential equations and / or agent-based approaches. To facilitate comparison of the model with experiments, the candidate will collaborate closely with biologists at the University of Adelaide and the University of Kent (UK). Experience of using statistical methods to infer estimates of model parameters from laboratory experiments is highly desirable.

The School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research, and many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

The University offers a great range of benefits such as salary packaging, research support schemes and a range of flexible work arrangements. Apply now to be part of this unique and exciting opportunity.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in applied mathematics or related area of science or engineering.
  • Experience of developing, simulating and analysing mathematical and computational models of real-world phenomena.
  • Experience of writing numerical codes in a scientific programming language such as Matlab, Julia or Python.
  • Strong research record relative to career stage, as evidenced by publications in leading journals and conference presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and willingness to work effectively as a member of a research team.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs – including significant industry, government and community collaborations – offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work’s cutting-edge nature – not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour – provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty’s broader role

As a member of Australia’s G08, the University of Adelaide is recognised as one of the nation’s most respected research-intensive universities, challenging and inspiring graduates to make a real difference. The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) holds an outstanding reputation for teaching, research, and quality graduates. Comprised of eight schools, 21 centres and five institutes, the Faculty of SET is responsible for teaching over 8,500 students across our three campuses, North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy, and has an annual budget of $300 million. The faculty is a significant contributor to the University’s research reputation, earning annual research revenue above $120 million. Many of our research areas have achieved a world-class research rating of 5 in the 2018 ERA rankings. The faculty is responsible for teaching and research across wide range of disciplines including Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Architecture, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Agriculture, Food and Wine and Animal and Veterinary Science. The Faculty of SET is an innovative and agile working environment that champions excellence, diversity and inclusion in our teaching, research, and global engagement leadership.

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How to apply

If you have the talent, we’ll give you the opportunity. Together, let’s make history.
Click on the link below to view the Selection Criteria and to apply for the opportunity.

Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.