Senior Technical Officer, Robotics Systems Engineer

Sydney, Australia
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)

  • Opportunity to provide software engineering support to theSydney Robotics Laboratory
  • Located at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics on the Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, Fixed term 12 months.Base Salary: $105K - $118K p.a. Level 8, plus a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

As Senior Technical Officer, you will be required to design, deploy and manage Research & Development (R&D) projects in field robotic applications, and engage with industry partners and the public. You will provide systems engineering design and assist the project manager in the planning of technical tasks, management of associated risks, conducting field trials and technical report writing. You will ensure that the workplace is properly maintained, that all equipment is functioning correctly and that preventative work/maintenance protocols are in place for equipment along with being responsible for ensuring that relevant Work, Health and Safety standards of the workplace are met and are aligned to the University's WHS policy.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; 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 Senior Technical Officer with the following:

  • tertiary qualifications in Mechanical/Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering or related field
  • demonstrated experience of data analysis, technical report and proposal writing skills.
  • proven ability to work without supervision, communicate effectively to both internal and external stakeholders, coordinate technical staff activities in the design, development and deployment of mechatronics and robotic systems.
  • demonstrated experience in conducting and coordinating field trials of robotic systems with external industry partners.
  • excellent attention to detail and awareness of issues related to dealing with commercially sensitive or confidential information.
  • excellent oral and written communication skills coupled with proven conflict resolution skills
  • sound working knowledge and acute awareness of WHS regulations and operating procedures within the field laboratory environment including well-rounded experience in implementing relevant safety procedures.
  • previous experience in a similar research organisation, higher education/tertiary sector or at a complex, multi-faceted organisation will be a plus.

About us

The ACFR is based in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) at The University of Sydney, and is dedicated to the research, development, application and dissemination of field robotics principles and intelligent software. The ACFR is the largest robotics and automation research group in Australia and is also one of the largest of its kind in the world.

The group has substantial experimental facilities including three laboratories and a field test site, a range of experimental and production vehicles, industry-quality mechanical and electrical design and fabrication facilities, and employs the latest in embedded computing, sensing and control technologies.

The ACFR has established several major research projects with industry and government clients in areas including agriculture, intelligent transport, mining, space and STEM. These projects focus on the translation of applied research into the user context.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 665/0520F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 12 August 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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