Research Fellow, Industrial Automation

Melbourne, Australia
21 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • 1 x full time, fixed term (2 years) Research Fellow position available to be part of the Industry Capability Development project funded by the Defence Materials Technology Centre
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($100,465- $119,304)
  • This role reports and works closely with Dr Ben Cheng, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing, Materials and Mechatronics within the STEM College

About the College

The STEM College holds a leading position and expertise in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM) fields. We are uniquely positioned to influence and partner with industry, as never before.

STEM College is a community of exceptional STEM researchers, teachers, inventors, designers and game-changers, supported by talented professional staff. We offer higher education programs across all STEM disciplines at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, and ensure our students experience an education that is work-aligned and life-changing.

Further information on STEM College in this link.

About the Role

The primary focus of your role will be providing support the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) on Industry Capability Development (ICD) activities particularly through working with small to medium enterprises to take up Industry 4.0 technologies to improve their business.

Your key accountabilities in the role will include:

  • Support the ICD team to deliver the ICD projects outcomes, including but not limited to, technical consulting activities, developing software, and configuring hardware to support the program participants as well as helping to create resources for the use of the ICD project
  • Develop and monitor online "Factory in a Box" (FIAB) resources on Confluence including creating demonstration videos and carrying out project implementation tasks
  • Present on Industry 4.0 theory and the "Smart Enough Factory" (SEF) concept at SEF workshops.
  • Provide guidance on appropriate hardware and software for SEF participants' FIAB implementation
  • Provide support for the development of FIAB dashboards and provide technical support to SEF participants
  • Provide input into Project cyber security analysis and implementation relevant to the use of FIAB
  • Provide supervision to postgraduate research projects related to digital twin development
  • Provide supervision to research activities related to sensors and networking
  • Support Business Development activities (attending meetings, presenting on FIAB development etc) and attend weekly project team meetings
  • Undertake teaching duties up to 20% of fulltime load, including course co-ordination, delivery and supporting practicals
  • Provide research guidance to postgraduate students and other research fellows associated with this area of research and building associated infrastructure
  • Undertake a range of administrative functions associated with the research project he/she is undertaking

About You

To be successful for the role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out high quality basic and applied research in the area of industrial automation particularly the practical application of industry 4.0 technologies.
  • A high level of knowledge of industry 4.0 technologies including the internet of things, cyber-physical systems, and sensor technology.
  • Ability to work closely with industry to develop impactful solutions.
  • A demonstrated capacity to think laterally and use innovative approaches to solve complex engineering problems.
  • Ability to clearly communicate research approaches, concepts, and outcomes.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Proven record of journal publications in a research field relevant to the position.
  • Understanding of and commitment to financial, governance and quality management systems within a university



  • PhD in Mechatronics, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic, Manufacturing, or similar Engineering disciplines
  • Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check

To Apply

Please submit your CV, cover letter and separately address the Key Selection Criteria for this position by clicking on the 'Apply' link below.

For further information about this position, please see Position Description above.

Applications close on Sunday, 20th of February 2022.

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