Technical Officer, Marine Robotics and Field Operations

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Sydney, Australia
24 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to develop and deploy advanced robotic systems in the ocean
  • Utilise your experience working with robotic systems including the development and deployment at sea of platforms and methods that scale to tens of robots with minimal human intervention.
  • Full-time fixed term 24-month contract. Base salary: $86K - $ 92K p.a. (Level 6) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking a Technical Officer (Marine Robotics and Field Operations) to provide technical support to marine robotics R&D projects.  You will be involved in the development and implementation of scalable robotic platforms and methods to be used in ocean exploration, mapping and monitoring. Depending on your background, you will focus on software engineering development for streamlined operation and data processing, mechanical design and fabrication of robots and other oceanographic instruments, or machine vision, navigation subsystems and controls. You will also be involved in integration and testing with hardware. As part of a dedicated team of technical staff you will be involved in fieldwork and in-field testing of vehicles, handling logistics and the delivery of data to end users.  Your role will involve collaboration with internal and external researchers and may require collaboration with other technical staff and potential supervision of students. This role involves taking part in oceanographic expeditions, typically lasting a week to two weeks but sometimes longer, at sites around Australia and overseas.

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 Technical Officer (Marine Robotics and Field Operations) with the following :

  • field operations - Capacity to maintain and deploy advanced robotic systems in the ocean.
  • robotics experience - Experience working with robots including development and design of new mechanical, electrical and/or software sub systems and debugging of existing software, electronic and mechanical hardware systems.
  • testing and support - Demonstrate the skills and experience necessary to manage the processes for testing and support of software/hardware for robotic systems.
  • communications - Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to liaise effectively with both scientific/technical and non-technical colleagues. Able to write technical documents and user manuals relating to software and processes.
  • problem solving - Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to Prioritise workload during busy periods.
  • independent work - Ability to work independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work within a team. Keen attention to detail and awareness of issues related to dealing with commercially sensitive or confidential information.
  • safe work practices - Sound working knowledge and acute awareness of safety regulations and operating procedures within the laboratory and field environment.

About us

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (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 robotics and automation principles. The ACFR is also a partner of the CRC iMOVE and the multi-disciplinary Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (SIRIS) which is dedicated to the development, application and dissemination of robotics and intelligent systems in areas of societal importance including transportation, primary industries, healthcare, environment, emergency services, the workplace and at home.

The ACFR 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 is now the largest robotics and automation research group in Australia and is also one of the largest of its kind in the world. The ACFR leads the IMOS AUV Facility which supports the world’s first and longest running nationwide seafloor monitoring program using robots and has an international reputation for innovation in the area of marine robotics.

This position is to provide expert technical and logistical support, engineering design skills and advice both in the research laboratory and in the field for the marine robotics group.

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 540/0320F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 8 April 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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