Research Fellow in Control and Autonomy

Melbourne, Australia
$97,558 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
16 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term till 31 Dec 2024
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Salary: Level A – $97,558 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super - (Minimum salary for a PhD Graduate is $97,558 p.a)

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers focused on addressing major challenges in Power & Energy Systems; Communications & Networks; Electronic & Photonic Systems; and Control & Signal Processing. We have long-standing, strong partnerships with industry and government that support our researchers in conducting high impact research. The Department offers both PhD and Masters level research degrees, and our research graduates are highly sought after in academia and industry.

About the Role

The Control and Signal Processing (CSP) research group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering comprises many internationally recognised researchers, including Fellows of learned Academies and the IEEE. The CSP group seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a multidisciplinary project on navigation and localisation in autonomous robots. This project is funded by the Australian government via an AUSMURI grant. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original theoretical and computer-based research on this theme, and then help to implement the resulting algorithms on a robotic testbed. It is anticipated that there will be opportunities to visit and collaborate with partner institutions in Boston, USA and in Australia.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting fundamental and application-oriented research on navigation and localisation in autonomous robots
  • Preparation and publication of high-quality research papers and technical reports
  • Effectively liaison with external partners and stakeholders to present research and foster collaborative research partnerships
  • Giving occasional lectures, tutorials and/or workshops, and supervising students where appropriate

About You

You will have good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with students, researchers, professional staff and external stakeholders. You will have strong theoretical and analytical skills in formulating, analysing and solving problems in mathematical settings and experience in taking the initiative, working with minimal supervision and prioritising tasks to achieve project objectives within given timelines.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in the area of control, information theory, statistical signal processing, statistical learning theory, or an equivalent qualification
  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and conferences of the above areas, commensurate with opportunity
  • A commitment to pursue the research topics of navigation and localisation in autonomous robots

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

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Position description: 0057650 Research Fellow in Control PD.pdf

Applications close: Thursday 15 December 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time