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Job no: 0048648

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering

Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering

Salary: $72,083 – $97,812 (Level A)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic – Full time – 9.5% super

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen MSE’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI) recognises that engineered systems of present and future significance increasingly have connections to all three.

We are the oldest engineering school in Australia – initially founded in 1861 – and have evolved into a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers passionate about addressing major challenges of today and into the future.

The Opportunity

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is seeking a Research Fellow for a 2 year fixed-term contract to conduct world-class research in Smart Grids – critical for the uptake of renewables and transition to a low-carbon economy.

You will investigate techniques that can be applied by distribution companies to assess and increase the ability of distribution circuits to host residential Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and batteries. This is a great opportunity to contribute to a transition towards more active distribution companies in which participants are actively managed to guarantee the adequate and cost-effective operation of a DER-rich electric system.

You will be responsible for a range of tasks including planning and conducting research aligned with the attached position description and reporting on the outcomes of conducted experiments, collaborating with internal and external partners as required and identifying sources of funding to support individual and collaborative projects.

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD in an area related to modelling and analysis of electric distribution networks;
  • A track record of high quality research as evidenced by publications in top journals and conferences;
  • Knowledge in the modelling and analysis of future medium and low voltage distribution networks considering the use of new control strategies and/or technologies in the context of Smart Grids;
  • Experience using OpenDSS with Python or Matlab.
  • Experience in realistic modelling of three-phase distribution networks and distributed energy resources.
  • Demonstrated experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to effectively liaise and collaborate with academic and industry partners.

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you – including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your Cover Letter – addressing all selection criteria; and your Resume.

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