Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Auckland Space Institute

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Mechanical Engineering
  • Advert Closing Date: 19/01/2020
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Position Number: 55565414

Company Description

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Job Description

Te Punaha Atea - the Auckland Space Institute - is a multidisciplinary centre of expertise covering a variety of topics ranging from spacecraft engineering, to astrophysics, to remote sensing and applications of space technologies.

We carry out research and development working with industry, academia and other institutions, aiming to grow the local space sector, as well as run educational activities at undergraduate, post graduate and post-doctoral levels. We’re expanding the scope of our work, establishing a range of environmental test facilities and relevant computational work, which has created an opportunity for a person with the relevant experience, qualifications and motivation to join our team.

In this role you will lead activities in our dynamics lab, sharing and coordinating the work with other researchers and PhD students and interface with external partners, companies or other international institutions to develop methodologies to advance the current practice, from original ideas, to proof of concept to industrial implementation.


We are seeking a researcher to work in the area of Satellites and Launch Vehicle structural dynamics and will bring the following"

  • Good knowledge of the Finite Element Method (Nastran) and experience of vibration testing.  
  • A degree in engineering (aerospace or mechanical), a PhD on a relevant topic and between 3 and 6 years post-doctoral experience in the above-mentioned areas. 
  • More specifically, experience with FEM development, dynamic analysis, model reduction and coupling, FEM correlation, model update and validation, including experience with test equipment and vibration testing (modal tests, base driven shaker/slip table vibration tests).

Candidates with this type of experience, but applied in different sectors e.g. mechanical, automotive or aeronautics, or other relevant non-space sectors are also welcome to apply.

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How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Wednesday 15th Janurary 2020 (11.59pm NZT)  to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV combined as one document. 


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