Research Assistant, Avionics, Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Melbourne, Australia
£38,399.35 - £52,085.13 per annum
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, 1-year fixed-term contract with possibility of extension; based at RMIT Bundoora campus but may be required to work and/or based at other campuses of the University;
  • Opportunities to contribute to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques for avionics, Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), with a significant industrial involvement;
  • Support and undertake research activities contributing to the research effort of the Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Discipline, in the field of avionics, ATM, UAS and other enabling technologies for highly automated & autonomous airspace mobility solutions;
  • Reports to Prof. Roberto Sabatini - Chair, Cyber-Physical and Autonomous Systems Group; Deputy Director/Aerospace, Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre;
  • Remuneration at Academic Level A ($68,983 - $93,569) + 17% superannuation.

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About You and the Role

In this role, you will conduct research on intelligent and high-integrity navigation and collision avoidance systems, emphasising on UAS operating in urban environments, as well as other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) denied and challenged environments, particularly focusing on safety-of-life and mission-critical operations. Coming into this position, you will perform high-impact & high-quality research on emerging sensor fusion and filtering methods based on applied optimal estimation and AI/machine learning approaches and this task require foundational work such as modelling and simulation of aircraft 6-DoF flight dynamics. Additionally, you are required to contribute 10% of your time to mentor & supervise postgraduate students and participate in learning program activities appropriate to areas of expertise as well as administrative functions related to the research project.

You will have:

  • Proven advanced capability and high level of knowledge & expertise in avionics, unmanned aircraft systems, with particular track record in GNC and collision avoidance systems, with experience in artificial intelligence and aerospace systems and software engineering
  • Strong proficiency in programming languages/tools such as C++, Python, Java, Matlab/Simulink, AGI STK
  • Experience preparing and submitting competitive research grant proposals and applications as well as the drive to lead & co-author technical reports delivered to industry
  • Excellent track record of high quality basic and applied research with proven track record of highly rated Scopus-indexed publications in research field relevant for this project
  • Ability to communicate and present research findings, concepts and knowledge with sound problem-solving & analytical skills
  • Ability to manage and plan time effectively and efficiently to conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively as a team member
  • Demonstrated experience co-supervising undergraduate and postgraduate by research students and the ability to teach in the relevant areas of expertise


Mandatory: PhD (or near completion) in Aerospace Engineering, Avionics and CNS/ATM Systems, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, or in a closely related subject in Aerospace Engineering & Aviation domain.

Candidates with experience and in-depth knowledge in avionics, unmanned aircrafts systems, with high impact track record in GNC and collision avoidance systems and/or AI and/or aerospace systems and software engineering will be highly regarded.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work:

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

Were proud to share with you some of our wins:

  • RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member with Bronze Award accreditation and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.
  • We are ranked #1 in the world for our efforts to reduce inequality in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020.
  • RMIT University is placed 10th in overall Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, rocketing up from 82nd place in 2019.
  • We placed 11th in the 2019 Talent Board APAC Candidate Experience Awards.
  • RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.
  • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019.
  • We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.
  • We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • The launch of our second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa- a "commitment to share" - an important step in our reconciliation journey.

To Apply

Please submit your updated resume and cover letter outlining your experience & achievements by clicking on the 'Apply now link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required. For further information about this position, please see Position Description below. For any enquiries, please contact Professor Roberto Sabatini (

Applications close on Wednesday 19th August 2020.

We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email or call Kassie on +61399252442 with your request(s).

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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