Research Fellow in Autonomous Systems University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Engineering Australia



Job no: 0043204

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering

Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering

Salary: $69,148 - $93,830 (Level A)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - 9.5% superannuation


About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

At MSE, we are committed to excellence.  We are transforming our engineering and IT teaching as well as research at the University of Melbourne guided by MSE 2025, our ten-year strategic plan.  With an expected investment of $1 billion in people and infrastructure, we are creating the entrepreneurial leaders and technology of the future — the people and things that will drive innovation and productivity to make a sustainable impact on the world in which we live.  It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining MSE!


School of Electrical, Mechanical & Infrastructure (EMI)

EMI undertakes teaching and research across a range of disciplines that are internationally recognised for their contribution to fundamental research.  It has a number of well-established industry linkages and international partnerships and is building a vibrant profile of interdisciplinary research, working with industry to contribute to society.  It offers a comprehensive range of accredited Master of Engineering and Master of Information Technology programs taught through the Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure departments as well as professional Masters programs.  It has a substantial cohort of research higher degree students.  The School’s aim is to attract and retain outstanding staff and it is highly supportive of increasing the number of female staff.  The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering sustains a vibrant, internationally recognised program, focused on two specialist research priorities, namely Photonic & Electronic System Design and Control & Signal Processing. These research priorities serve to focus the activities of the Department and to build critical mass to develop teams of researchers engaged in high impact research.  The Department offers both PhD and Masters level research degrees.


The Opportunity

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is searching for a research fellow to join a team of academic staff and postgraduate students working on multiple projects related to control, optimisation and/or autonomous systems. The research group maintains a longstanding partnership with a number of industry partners and Defence Science and Technology Group in this area.

Within this position, the research fellow will have the opportunity to develop and implement novel algorithms. The research fellow must have a background in engineering, computer science or applied mathematics with demonstrated expertise in modelling and control of dynamical systems and numerical optimisation, ideally coupled with experience and a desire to implement algorithms on hardware platforms.

You will conduct independent research, leading to the preparation and publication of research outcomes in conferences and journals. You will be located in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering and will be expected to be an active member of the School, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as required.


The University plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this, the School is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce across engineering disciplines. Under a Special Measure, under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) the School is seeking to lift the representation of women from 20% in 2014 to at least 25% over the next 5 years, and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates.


About you

  • A PhD in Engineering or Applied Mathematics, or closely related discipline;

  • Expertise in the theory of system modelling and control and a strong interest in the application of these to address practical problems in real-time decision-making scenarios;

  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity;

  • Ability to perform independent research and a commitment to interdisciplinary research;

  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences;

  • Excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records;

  • Capability for innovative research, as evidenced by scholarly publication;

  • Demonstrated experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions.


Application Process

Please apply online with your resume and cover letter. Selection criteria is not required for this application.


What we offer you

Apart from competitive salaries, our benefits are aimed at recognising and rewarding the contributions you make.  We offer complete flexibility, whatever that may mean for you.  Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care.  We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development and we’ll support you in doing what you love.


About University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, at number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018).  We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.


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The University of Melbourne and MSE are strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.


Position Description

Advertised: 22 Feb 2019 12:00 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 24 Mar 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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