Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow, Multi-Robot Planning

Sydney, Australia
18 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
13 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join a world-class robotics research team focused on challenging problems of planning, control, and optimisation.
  • Located on Darlington Campus, 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 contract up to 2 years with opportunities to extend a further 6 months.  Base salary of $91K –$126K p.a., (Level A-B), plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for an experienced Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow with a strong background in robotics, dynamics and control, or optimization to join the University of Sydney, Australia. The successful applicant will work closely with Associate 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 Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow who has:

Essential (Level A):

  • a PhD (or equivalent) in engineering, applied mathematics or computer science (near completion considered)
  • has a research track record, potential or demonstrated, of international standing
  • demonstrates expertise and research experience in multi-robot planning, distributed control, operations research, reinforcement learning, spatiotemporal dynamics, or large-scale optimization
  • has a strong mathematical and computational skills
  • has excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • demonstrates ability to work as a member of a team and independently

Essential (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.

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.

The commencement level will be determined based on the candidate’s skills, experience and knowledge.

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 534/0320F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 13 April 2020 (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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