Postdoctoral Research Fellow (B), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Adelaide, Australia
(Level B) $100,933 - $119,391 per annum plus 17% superannuation
09 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
08 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Autonomous Systems (School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

(Level B) $100,933 - $119,391 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Two-year fixed-term contract available immediately.

This exciting new postdoctoral research fellow role in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) at the University of Adelaide provides the opportunity to work with the world’s leading researchers in autonomous systems and distributed control in a wireless environment. The University of Adelaide is ranked 66 in the world in the 2022 US News Global University Ranking, with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) ranked 16 in the world according to the 2022 US News Global University Subject Ranking.

This role will support the novel development of dynamic information systems for mission-critical applications and includes the development of multi-robot testbeds and simulators for information discovery, assessment and representation, supported by reinforcement learning and domain adaptation.

The role consists of research, development and demonstration of real-time autonomous situational awareness, distributed control and environment adaptation and resilience in a wireless mesh network system, aimed to deliver new capabilities in the interest of dynamic information management for autonomy and situational awareness. Under limited supervision, you will be working with a team of highly skilled professionals and subject experts in the field of trusted autonomous systems. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in transitioning new concepts to technology demonstrators, with a focus on distributed control and decision modelling, and information management for autonomous situational awareness applications.

The University of Adelaide’s EEE School is Australia’s leading research institute in control theory, autonomous robotic applications, reinforcement learning, applied electromagnetics, quantum and semiconductor engineering, and space electronics. With world-leading researchers, modern facilities and innovative culture, we are committed to delivering research that is highly valued by our local and global communities. The EEE School works on a mixture of fundamental and application-orientated research projects in electrical & electronic engineering, with a strong track record of publication in the top venues.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology aims to increase the diversity of its staff population and applications from women are particularly encouraged. To support our staff and students in their academic lives, the faculty celebrates diversity and has a range of programs available including:

  • A variety of flexible working arrangements
  • Support to staff with caring responsibilities to participate in conferences, workshops, field trips and other approved work-related travel
  • Research support schemes designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career
  • Childcare facilities
  • Women’s professional development network opportunities

We welcome applications from candidates covering a range of career stages.

To be successful you will need:

  • Programming experience in MATLAB/Simulink, Python, C++, ROS or other relevant language for experimental and data analysis, and experience in muti-mobile robots based autonomous systems for situational awareness information processing and management.
  • A strong work ethic, and the ability to work well independently, and as a member of a broader team, including with industrial partners.
  • A PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Control, Mechatronics, Computer Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proficiency with motion and image sensing, signal/information processing techniques, adaptive control and decision modelling, and familiar with reinforcement learning concept.
  • Proficiency in system integration of hardware-software-information of distributed control in a wireless network system.

The successful candidate should have good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to tailor communication skills when interacting with stakeholders.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the link below to view the Selection Criteria and to apply for the opportunity.

Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 8th September 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Cheng-Chew Lim
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The University of Adelaide
P: +61 (8) 313-5893

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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