Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow in Multi-Robot Planning

4 days left

Sydney, Australia
Oct 21, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 19, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join a world-class robotics research team focused on challenging problems of planning, control, and optimisation.
  • Located at the Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (SIRIS), incorporating the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), within the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering
  • Full-time Fixed term for up to 2 years, with opportunities to extend a further 6 months, subject to project funding.  Academic Level A or B: package $94,629 p.a. –$106,343 p.a. plus leave loading and up to 17% superannuation.

About the opportunity 

We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher with a strong background in robotics, dynamics and control, or optimization to join the University of Sydney, Australia. The successful applicant will work with Assoc. Professor Ian Manchester on a project funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop algorithms for multi-robot motion planning for monitoring and intervention of processes with complex and unstable spreading dynamics such as wildfires.

We expect the research to build upon methods and theory in persistent monitoring and team orienteering, distributed control and observation of large-scale spatiotemporal systems, and robust scheduling, routing, and task allocation systems.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow who:

  • PhD (or soon to be completed) in engineering, applied mathematics, or computer science, with an ability to start by early 2020.
  • A research track record, potential or demonstrated, of international standing.
  • Demonstrated expertise and research experience in multi-robot planning, distributed control, operations research, reinforcement learning, spatiotemporal dynamics, or large-scale optimization.
  • Strong mathematical and computational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently.

Essential criteria (level B):

  • An established research track record of high-impact papers in multi-robot planning, distributed control, operations research, large-scale optimization, or reinforcement learning.
  • Demonstrated potential to obtain funding through competitive research grants.

About us

The Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (SIRIS), incorporating the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is one of the largest robotics research institutes in the world, with 120 members including faculty, research fellows, technical staff, and postgraduate students. SIRIS/ACFR performs fundamental research on perception, control, modelling, learning, and systems engineering and has strong industry and scientific collaborations in sectors including mining, commercial aviation, agriculture, defence, and underwater mapping and exploration.

More about us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has believed 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 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 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 2198/1019F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 19 November 2019

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.

© The University of Sydney

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.