Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A / B), School of Computer Science

Adelaide, Australia
(Level A/B) $72,829 to $102,952 per annum plus 17% superannuation
10 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A/B) $72,829 to $102,952 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation will apply.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Multi-Object Tracking and Robotics.

Fixed term position for 1.5 years (possibility of extension to 3 years).

Build your research career within the School of Computer Science and contribute to an innovative project in Multi-Object Tracking and Robotics. Be part of a research team investigating new multi-drone multi-objective trajectory planning for multiple target tracking with drones.

This is an opportunity for a high-achieving postdoctoral researcher to join a world-leading research group in Computer Security and Machine Learning as well as Computer Science department ranked 48th in the world and The University of Adelaide ranked in the top 1% of Universities worldwide. Notably, Adelaide is ranked the third most liveable city in the world and the most liveable city in Australia in 2021.

The University of Adelaide is a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities and ranks inside the world’s top 100. In the Australian Government’s 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, 100% of University of Adelaide research was rated world-class or above, with work in 41 distinct fields achieving the highest possible rating of ‘well above world-standard’. This included Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The project will involve new inter-disciplinary collaborations with researchers from sciences and national collaborations with institutions involved in multi-target tracking as well as the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG). This should provide significant benefits, such as new theoretical frameworks with provable performance guarantees for muti-drone tasking involving tracking multiple targets and exploring new application areas to benefit wildlife conservation and society in general.

The discoveries to be made in the project will significantly increase our understanding of planning under uncertainty for multi-target tracking. This project represents a unique opportunity to produce future expertise for the Australian workforce, not only in university research, but in industry.

The successful applicant will develop innovative multi-drone planning for tracking algorithms that can use be used in real-world applications under uncertain, dynamic and noisy measurement environments.

To be successful you will need:

Level A

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) OR equivalent industry experience in
  • Robotics
  • Signal Processing/Control
  • Path Planning/Trajectory Planning
  • Multi-Target Tracking/Multi-Object Tracking,
  • Bayesian Filtering, Radom Finite Set filters or closely related multi-target tracking approaches
  • NeRF
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to tailor communication skills when interacting with students, researchers, professional staff and external stakeholders.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, with an ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and written
  • A strong work ethic, and the ability to work well independently, and as a member of a broader team, including with industrial partners
  • Programming experience and expertise in Python and/or Julia and/or Matlab and/or C++

Level B

  • A strong track record of high quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and development with limited supervision.
  • The ability to work as a member of a broader team, including with industrial partners

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 and 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. And 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 core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. And our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

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, 11 September 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Damith Ranasinghe
Associate Professor, School of Computer Science
P: +61 (8) 8313 0066

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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