The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

Postdoctoral Researcher (A) - Process Control & Automation


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(Level A) $75,888 - $102,040 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full TimeFixed Term Position for up to 36 months.

The School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate, Level A to design automation for personalised messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine manufacturing system. This position is supported by a MRFF project with BioCina.

The MRFF project will engineer a fully automated continuous-flow system to produce small-scale, bespoke, mRNA vaccines. This involves both the production of mRNA (upstream process) and mRNA encapsulation and formulation (downstream process) with each of these processes including multiple distinct ‘unit operation' which are integrated in a chip to stream the process. The automation for the whole systems is required to ensure correct temperature, pH, concentration of mRNA used and automatic monitoring systems are to be developed and applied.

We seek an early-career scientist/engineer with a proven track record in (Process) Control Systems Design. The successful candidate will work on the development of automatic manufacturing process of this miniaturised mRNA vaccine factory and will have a strong background in process control or automation. Their skillset will complement the University's considerable existing expertise in process control engineering, digital twinning and automation as well as be compatible with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) of the mRNA vaccines.

The successful candidate will be able to showcase their excellent communication, project management, and leadership skills in this role.

To be successful you will need:

  • Ability to analyse and communicate research outcomes, as demonstrated by a high-quality track record of publications in the fields of control system engineering and automation, and a demonstration of ongoing research activities within that field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and research experience in designing process control systems.
  • Experience or substantial knowledge in designing automatic control and monitoring systems for chemical processes which involve fluid flowrate, temperature, pH and concentration level control.
  • Experience or substantial knowledge in hardware programming.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of good laboratory practice and ability to maintain accurate records of laboratory work.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.
  • Qualifications:

  • PhD in mechanical/electrical/chemical engineering or related field to control system engineering from reputable universities.
  • 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.

    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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    If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. 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.

    Applications close 11:55pm, 2 January 2024.

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Rini Akmeliawati Ph.D Associate Professor/Reader School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering P: +61 (8) 8313 5094 E: [email protected]

    You'll find a full selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.


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    Postdoctoral Researcher (A) - Process Control & Automation


    The University of Adelaide




    November 13, 2023

    Application deadline

    January 02, 2024

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    About the employer

    The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

    The university has four campuses, three in South Australia: North Terrace campus in the city, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy and Waite campus at Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The university also operates out of other areas such as Thebarton, the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands, and in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

    The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia.

    The university is associated with five Nobel laureates, constituting one-third of Australia's total Nobel Laureates, and 110 Rhodes scholars. The university has had a considerable impact on the public life of South Australia, having educated many of the state's leading businesspeople, lawyers, medical professionals and politicians. The university has been associated with many notable achievements and discoveries, such as the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes and X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology.

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