First listed on: 08 July 2024

About the Role 

This Research Fellow will conduct research inspired by real world challenges involving the development of next-generation heating and cooling systems and potential flexible demand of air conditioning in buildings. The position will undertake research activities against the project titled Business Power Flex: Business customer solutions to minimum demands funded via a Project Agreement with RACE for 2023 CRC.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Core Responsibilities 

  • Conduct high-quality research independently or under limited supervision and in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders
  • Design, perform and record experimental work, including testing and evaluation of prototype space heating and cooling systems
  • Investigation of flexible demand from air conditioning in buildings
  • Independently or under limited supervision, communicate research outcomes in both verbal and written form including presentations and reports to the research team
  • Ensure delivery of project’s research milestones, objectives and work programs are met on time, within budget and to the industry partner’s satisfaction
  • Develop a record of independent research that results in high-quality publications

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • A PhD qualification in a mechanical engineering or relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated research productivity as a postdoctoral researcher, with experience relevant to at least one research strand
  • Demonstrated experience with modelling, designing, testing and evaluating thermal systems
  • Evidence of participation in external activities such as industry or community engagement relevant to the field of research
  • Record of independent research resulting in high-quality publications and evidence of growing citation impact


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as: 

  • Access to great personal development opportunities 
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17% 
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees 
  • Staff study support 
  • A variety of leave arrangements


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

At the University of South Australia, we value workplace diversity and are committed to providing a supportive, inclusive, and respectful work environment for all people. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, women, members of the LGBTIQ+ community, people of culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disability. 

We are committed to providing an equitable and barrier free recruitment process and encourage you to share any support, adjustments and/or access requirements you have by contacting our Recruitment Central team on ( Anything you tell us will be kept completely confidential.   

Start Your Unstoppable Career!

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.  
Please address your cover letter to Jasmin Jensen, Senior Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 6252. 

Applications close: 11:30pm Sunday 21st July 2024
Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment. 

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