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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in computational geomechanics

Date: 23-Feb-2021

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Are you ready for your next challenge?
  • Use your numerical programming skills to develop mechanical models
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation



CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


The successful candidate will develop a new multi-physics constitutive model using critical state soil mechanics; implement a corresponding numerical solver for the model; quantify uncertainty and analyse risk.
You will lead the implementation effort at all stages of the project in collaboration with a team of experts at CSIRO and Curtin University (the latter led by Prof. Victor Calo), with opportunities to explore the topic and steer the project evolution to the desired application level based on communication between the research team members, external stakeholders, and the community.


Your duties will include:

  • Develop a chemo-hydro-mechanical constitutive model using critical state soil mechanics.
  • Develop an efficient numerical solver for poromechanics with automatic mesh adaptivity.
  • Perform sensitivity and risk analyses to assess TSF stability and safety.


Location: Kensington, WA

Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 71068

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Mathematics, Physics, Computing, Civil/Mechanical/Mining/Environmental Engineering or a related field with a focus on geomechanics and numerical analysis.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrated strong mathematical/analytical background.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing mechanical models and their use in numerical simulation.
  • Demonstrated numerical programming experience.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Monday 15 March 2021, 11:00pm AEST