Postdoctoral Research Associate

March 21, 2023
Application deadline closed.


  • Job no: NXJ69
  • Category: Academic, Level A
  • Full-time Fixed-term, based at the Callaghan Campus
  • Academic Level A
  • Conduct research as part of the research project: “Enhancing Marine Bathymetry Using New Generation Satellite Sensors”.

Our vision to become a world-leading university for our regions will take passion and perseverance. We can’t do it without you.

We are looking for people to join our university – to bring their exceptional teaching to our region, and to take their research impact to the world with us.

As one of the top 200 universities in the world and number one university in the world for partnering for a sustainable future, we are proud educators grounded by the needs of our community. We are driven by our inclusive focus and are proud of our five-star rating for social equity.

Be challenged and imagine with us

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to take up the role of Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Surveying within the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle. The Discipline is highly research active, contributing substantially to the overall research inputs and outputs of the School of Engineering.

This position will provide the opportunity to work in satellite altimetry, with particular application to the marine gravity field and bathymetry, alongside Associate Professor Xiaoli Deng. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council through a grant on “Enhancing Marine Bathymetry Using New Generation Satellite Sensors”, involving collaboration with colleagues at University of Tasmania and the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark. The work will develop computationally efficient techniques for constructing the marine gravity field and bathymetric model and estimating their uncertainties by using data from the new generation SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) and multi-satellite altimeter missions.

The successful candidate will work within a collaborative environment as part of an international and interdisciplinary research team.

The Role 

In this role you will:

  • Develop methods and numerical modelling techniques for constructing marine gravity field and bathymetry models using data from SWOT and multi-satellite altimeter missions.
  • Assess and analyse new altimetry technology and processes, and metadata from multi-satellite altimeters.
  • Write and submit research papers arising from the research, in collaboration with the team members of the project, to high quality refereed journals, conferences and seminars.
  • Attend and present research results at national and international conferences associated with the project.

This 2-year position is full time and will be located at the Callaghan Campus (Awabakal land). 

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.  

 How will you become part of our community? 

You will have:

  • A PhD in Geodesy or Geophysics or closely related fields.
  • Advanced conceptual and numerical modelling skills in construction of marine gravity field and bathymetric models using satellite altimetry data.
  • Knowledge and ability in developing algorithms and software codes.
  • An understanding of satellite altimetry and its geodetic applications.
  • Demonstrated recent experience in writing scientific articles.
  • The ability to build positive relationships with University academic and professional staff.

How will we support you?

The remuneration for this position is from $91,350 + 17% superannuation.  

The University is committed to being a leader in family-friendly working environments.

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please visit here.

Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role.

If viewing this on a job board other than the University’s please click ‘Apply’ to reach the University’s website, where a copy of the Position Description can be accessed. Please download a copy before commencing your application.

Your application must include:

  • Your ORCID ID
  • A URL link to your University Academic Profile (or equivalent)
  • A Cover Letter; outlining your interest in the role, including contact details for a minimum of three relevant referees.
  • A statement addressing the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the Position Description attached below (4 pages max)
  • Your CV, which should be a maximum of five pages and be succinct and discipline appropriate.

Please upload your Cover Letter and response to the requested Criteria as one PDF document.

For additional information on the position contact Associate Professor Xiaoli Deng on 02 4921 8988 or via email

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Closing date: Thursday 13 April 2023 at 11.59pm AEST

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you

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