Grant-Funded Researcher A/B, School of Computer Science, Australian Institute for Machine Learning

Adelaide, Australia
Sunday, 22 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A/Level B) $70,346 to $117,627 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Fixed term position for 2 years with the possibility of a further 1 year extension

Contribute to a research project improving robotic navigation, extending robotics’ use in previously unseen environments

The School of Computer Science is seeking to recruit a Grant-Funded Researcher at Level (A) or (B). Join a project developing a new method for robotic navigation in which goals can be specified at a much higher level of abstraction than has previously been possible. This will be achieved using deep learning to make informed predictions about a scene layout, and navigating as an active observer in which the predictions informs actions.  The outcome will be robotic agents capable of effective and efficient navigation and operation in previously unseen environments, and the ability to control such agents with more human-like instructions. Such capabilities are desirable, and in some cases essential, for autonomous robots in a variety of areas including automated warehousing and high-level control of autonomous vehicles.

The successful applicant will work closely on theoretical and algorithm development, assist on dissemination (publications, tutorials, etc), act as co-supervisor for a Higher Research Degree student and will work closely with the student on implementation, experimentation and benchmarking. You will have a strong work ethic and the ability to work well independently and as a member of a broader team. You will also demonstrate a commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

To be successful at Level A you will need:

  • Have or be about to complete a PhD (or equivalent qualification) or have equivalent industrial experience in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics or other closely related area
  • A good first degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related discipline
  • Publication record commensurate with experience and opportunity
  • Expertise and experience in computer programming, especially in C++ and Python
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, with an ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and written

In addition to the above, to be successful at Level B you will need:

  • Have or be about to complete a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics or other closely related area with a good first degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related discipline
  • A strong publication record commensurate with experience and opportunity.

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  • Research support schemes designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career
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Application close 11:55 pm, 21 April 2020.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:
Hamid Rezatofighi
ARC Senior Research Fellow, School of Computer Science
P: +61 (8) 8313 9123

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