Research Fellow, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Canberra, Australia
$103,841 per annum plus 17% superannuation
30 Mar 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B - Research Focused
Salary package: $103,841 - $117,736 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed Term (2 years)
Position Description: PD-544089-v2.pdf

A Research Fellow on planning under uncertainty for an ARC Linkage project with Safran. Join us in developing fundamental mission and motion planning approaches that could contribute to making helicopter services safer and faster.

Specific opportunities include:

  • Opportunities to design and develop novel fundamental approaches for mission and motion planning under uncertainty, with an application to Helicopter Pilot Assistance Systems.
  • Opportunities to collaborate closely with researchers at the ANU, Safran Australia, and Safran France.

College overview

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is a vibrant and diverse community of more than three thousand students, staff, and visitors. Our College is comprised of three schools: the School of Computing, School of Cybernetics, and School of Engineering, supported by the Professional Services Group. We aim to bring together expertise in social, technical, ecological and scientific systems to build a new approach. In the College, we draw on our disciplinary foundations to find and solve problems of global importance. Our people build on our traditional world-class expertise and take it in creative, unconventional directions. Through the Reimagine investment, we have the privilege and the responsibility to build a new legacy for the University, the country, and even the world. We will deliver on our mission by building a strong community, providing transformative educational experiences, conducting high-impact research, seeking meaningful engagement, and becoming a resilient organisation post COVID-19. Join us in shaping a new intellectual agenda to reimagine engineering, computing, and the use of technology in the world.

The School of Computing has a strong foundation in computing and information sciences at ANU. We are a transformative centre for research in artificial intelligence and machine learning, computer systems and software, and theoretical foundations of computing. We span traditional and modern thinking, connecting decades of computer science methodologies with modern data and computational science. Our mission is motivated by the need to design, drive and sustain strategic activities via five broad focus areas: Computing Foundations, Computational Science, Intelligent Systems, Data Science and Analytics, and the Software Innovation Institute. Be part of an innovative and forward-looking intellectual agenda, built on a diverse, inclusive culture.

Position overview

This position is a fixed term for a period of 2 years appointment to contribute to the development of the planning components of an AI-based helicopter pilot assistance systems.

The project is a collaboration between the ANU School of Computing and Safran Electronics and Defence Australia (SEDA) in building the next generation AI-based pilot assistance systems for helicopter Emergency Medical Services and Search And Rescue Services. The school is a community of high performing academic and professional staff, students and visitors sharing a deep commitment to transforming the future of computing for the next generation, with leading research in artificial intelligence and machine learning, computer systems and software, and theoretical foundations of computing. Safran is a multinational company, specialising in aircraft and rocket engine, aerospace components, and their defence applications.

The Research Fellow will be based at the ANU’s School of Computing and collaborate closely with the ANU and Safran researchers involved in this project, as well with the broader ANU community. The Research Fellow will also have opportunities for research visits to Safran’s research labs in Australia and France.

The successful candidate will have completed, or nearly completed a PhD in Computer Science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Aerospace Engineering or allied discipline relevant to the project, with a track record on research in at least one of the following fields: Motion planning under uncertainty, mission planning under uncertainty, integrated task and motion planning, and Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes, as evidenced by high quality publications in peer-reviewed conferences and/or journals. Experience in applying research results from one of the mentioned areas to a physical robot is a plus.

Longer term and/or ongoing appointment may be offered in exceptional cases subject to performance and budget availability as well the candidate’s demonstrated capability and desire to complement the College’s strategic agendas in teaching, research and broader engagement within the University and community.

ANU is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, and particularly welcomes applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, it is practice in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science to actively seek a gender mix of shortlisted candidates for interview. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

We welcome and develop diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break, had career disruptions or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of the higher education sector. We support applicants who require flexible arrangements in their work environments or patterns. If your experience looks a little different to what we’ve described, but you’re passionate and motivated by this position, we welcome your enquiry and application.

The ANU provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, visit:

To enquire about this position, please contact Hanna Kurniawati, T +61 2 6125 1577 or E

Application information

Applicants must apply online via the ANU recruitment portal and should upload the following separate documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees, you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. 
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria. 
  • Other documents, if required.

The ANU conducts background checks on potential employees, and employment in this position is conditional on satisfactory results in accordance with the Background Checking Procedure, which sets out the types of checks required by each type of position. 

Closing Date: 30 June 2022

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