Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow in Marine Robotics job with UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

  • Join a world-class marine robotics research team
  • Be part of the development of novel Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for underwater intervention
  • Full time, Level A or B, 2 year fixed term position, with base salary $ 95,047 – $ 131,639 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney’s Australian Center for Field Robotics (ACFR) is one of Australia’s leading robotics research groups and undertakes fundamental and applied research in the area of ​​field robotics. Our marine systems group is focused on the development of novel imaging payloads, sensors and vehicle systems for marine survey, visualization, clustering and classification of extensive marine-based image archives, characterization of change in multi-year surveys and adaptive mission planning for multi- vehicle systems. We lead Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) AUV facility and undertake marine surveys at sites around Australia and overseas. We are also a core member of the Defense Cooperative Research Center (DCRC) in Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS), led by Thales Australia.

In the ACFR, we have funding available to support a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow to undertake fundamental and applied research related to the development, design and deployment of novel AUV systems. The project will explore vehicle design, navigation, perception and control systems that will allow vehicles to undertake complex manipulation tasks. Applications include infrastructure inspection and maintenance but also extend to environmental monitoring, marine archeology, deep-sea geology and asset inspection.

About you

The University values ​​courage and creativity; openness and commitment; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values ​​and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow who has:

  • a PhD in a relevant field
  • extensive knowledge of autonomous marine systems
  • practical knowledge of AUV systems, including vehicle design, perception, communications, navigation, planning and control with a focus on underwater intervention tasks
  • field experience deploying underwater or other advanced robotic systems are desirable

Closing date

11:59 pm 31 March 2022

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Pre-employment checks

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EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values ​​include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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