Technical Officer, Robotic Systems

Sydney, Australia
29 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to provide engineering support to the Sydney Robotics Laboratory
  • Located at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics on the Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, 12 months fixed term with a base salary of $76K - $84K p.a.,plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are currently seeking a Technical Officer (Robotic Systems)to provide electrical, electronics, embedded systems, and mechanical support for contract Research & Development (R&D) projects for the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). The position will also assist with the organisation of field trials and ensure that the relevant Work, Health and Safety (WHS) standards of the work area are met and are aligned to the University’s WHS policy.

The position requires broad electrical/ electronic / mechatronic engineering knowledge in order to provide design, development and support for ACFR contract R&D projects.

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 Technical Officer (Robotic Systems)who has:

  • a tertiary qualification in Electrical / Electronics / Mechatronics or related field
  • an enthusiasm for the development of electronics, embedded systems, sensor interfacing, and experience in rapid prototyping
  • an interest in mechatronics, PCB design/analysis tools and programming languages
  • knowledge and familiarity in mechanical engineering in the following areas:
    • machine and mechanisms design using MCAD tools
    • producing engineering drawings within critical tolerances
    • creating or modifying mechanical components using hand and power tools (e.g. CNC mills, lathe, drill)
  • a willingness to conduct and coordinate field trials of robotic systems
  • a sound working knowledge and awareness of WHS regulations and operating procedures within the field laboratory environment including well-rounded experience in implementing relevant safety procedures
  • a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive ACFR vehicles interstate. Experience of trailer driving will be a plus
  • full strength and range of movement in both arms and flexible joints to lift, carry, push, pull a variety of loads (as the incumbent may be required to undertake manual lifting up to 20kg)

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 field robotics principles.

The ACFR is the largest robotics and automation research group in Australia and is also one of the largest of its kind in the world. 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 group makes extensive use of computing and networking at all levels from high-end servers to embedded controllers in robots.

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.

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 1081/0920F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 12 October 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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