First listed on: 08 December 2021
Discipline Leader Propulsion & Unsteady Flow 


EL 2 (S&T Level 6)
$123,159 - $147,828 (plus super)
Eveleigh - NSW

The Role

The position will lead the development numerical and analytical tools to evaluate the hydrodynamic and hydroacoustic performance of maritime platforms. This includes validated mathematical models and simulations to predict the relevant characteristics of maritime platforms. The position will direct and support related experimental programs in support of the analytical and simulation work.

This work will support the acquisition and sustainment of Royal Australian Navy platforms. The person will work closely with other members within the Maritime Division, and develop collaborative research with Australian universities, industry and international partners. This position requires reporting within DST and supervision of staff/contractors. Duties include:

  • Lead the development of validated analytical/numerical tools to predict and evaluate the unsteady flows, hydrodynamic/hydroacoustic performance of maritime platforms, including propulsors
  • Plan and manage a range of human and physical resources required to conduct complex hydrodynamic research.
  • Initiate, develop and maintain collaborative research projects with Australian universities, industry, and international partners.

About our Team
DST Group's Maritime Division provides technologies and scientific and technical (S&T) expertise to deliver the capability edge to the war fighter and enhance the operational performance and survivability of defence platforms in the maritime domain.

The Acoustic Signature Management branch of Maritime Division provides Australia’s primary capability for the management and control of acoustic signatures of defence platforms and the hydrodynamic, propulsion, and manoeuvring performance of ships and submarines.

The Hydroacoustics group undertakes computational and experimental studies addressing hydrodynamic, manoeuvring, and hydroacoustics effects on maritime platform design and operation. This includes the development and validation of experimental and computational fluid dynamic and hydrodynamic techniques to examine and evaluate new and innovative platform designs. The group also research on flow noise generated by the platform and on propellers and propulsor systems, including evaluating propulsor performance and through life management. The group has access to a number of world-class experimental facilities.

Our Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate should have a strong computational background in unsteady flows, hydrodynamics and/or hydroacoustics. This will include experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of maritime platforms to characterise their hydrodynamic/hydroacoustic performance and involvement in experimental work to validate the simulations. In addition, numerical modelling and evaluating maritime propulsors are highly desirable.

The candidate should clearly demonstrate the ability to investigate and generate solutions to complex hydrodynamic problems related to maritime platforms. The candidate should have strong communication skills, with experience in presentations, demonstrations, and written communication to stakeholders, including senior Defence personnel, academia, international partners, and peers.

The candidate will be required to lead internal and external teams to undertake collaborative science and technology projects to provide solutions to stakeholders. This includes the management of human, financial, and physical resources. The candidate should be able to initiate and develop strong national and international research collaborations within the relevant science areas.

Application Closing Date: Friday 17 December 2021

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/06326/21 on


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