Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow in Optimisation Research, Faculty of Engineering

Sydney, Australia
08 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering
Australian Centre for Field Robotics,
Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA)

  • The opportunity to contribute to world class operations and optimisation research for fleets of autonomous mining vehicles
  • Located at The Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation within the University of Sydney
  • Full-time fixed term for up to two years. Academic Level A or B: package $94,629 p.a- $126,279 p.a plus leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are currently seeking a self-motivated and well-qualified postdoctoral researcher to contribute to theoretical and applied optimisation research, with a focus on optimisation of dispatching or schedules for fleets of mobile equipment and agents across complex mining systems. The work will include data-driven modelling of equipment and process performance, and application of a variety of state-of-the-art techniques to real-world decision-making in real-time. This role will provide an exceptional opportunity to work closely with academia and Rio Tinto at the intersection of fundamental research into field-robotics and mine operations. You will work with the Centre’s team of software engineers to facilitate the real-world validation and operational deployment of your academic research. As a university academic, you will be expected to build research areas, engage in academic publication of research, and may also have the opportunity to teach at postgraduate and industry levels.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. To be successful you will have a PhD or be close to completion in applied mathematics, engineering, computer science or related discipline, be a team player with good communications skills and satisfy the following key requirements:

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge in operations research, optimisation and control systems
  • Experience working collaboratively with application domain experts
  • Desire to work on both theoretical and applied modelling tasks, and support validation of research by experts in the mining industry
  • Proficiency in software development in Python, Matlab and/or C++

In addition, the following will be advantageous:

  • Expertise in the specific domains of fleet dispatch or multi-agent scheduling; motion planning or decision-making algorithms; multi-agent coordination; decentralised or distributed control and optimisation; applied statistics and data analytics
  • Expertise in model-predictive control and/or robust optimisation techniques being used in receding horizon control
  • Demonstrated ability of working closely with a software development team to transfer research outcomes into software components for a real-world system
  • Experience simulating real-world systems for validation and verification
  • Work experience in a mining research environment

About us

The  Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) is a University of Sydney research centre, established within the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) in 2007. Since its launch, it has become a world-class research group of scientists and engineers, recognised for both fundamental research and delivering technology to industry. The Centre’s research spans automation of equipment, geological interpretation and optimisation of equipment and processes. Funded by the global mining company Rio Tinto, the aim of the Centre for Mining Automation is to develop and implement the vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

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 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 candidate information pack 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 1334/0719F

to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 11 August 2019 (Sydney Time)

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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