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Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Field Robotics for Agriculture / Natural Environment

Sydney, Australia
$105,350 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
2 Feb 2024

Job Details

  • Opportunity to join Robotics Research Team in Advancing Agriculture and Environmental Management
  • Undertake fundamental research using state-of-the-art robotics and simulation technology
  • Full time, 2 year fixed term position, Level A/B with base Salary $105,350 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Are you a highly motivated and skilled postdoctoral researcher looking to make a significant impact on environmental stewardship using field robotics and artificial intelligence? We invite you to join our dynamic team and contribute to the cutting-edge research that is transforming agriculture and natural environment management.

We are seeking talented individuals to join our robotics team, where we are pushing the boundaries of technology to revolutionise field robotics and AI for applications in agriculture, landcare, forestry, and natural hazard management. Our projects are driven by a collaborative spirit, involving agriculture and environmental scientists, government agencies, and industry partners. Together, we are working towards autonomous precision farming and environment stewardship.

In this role you will:

  • innovate algorithms: design and develop innovative algorithms that drive automated precision agriculture and environment management using our state-of-the-art field robots. Harness machine learning techniques, statistical modeling, and data fusion methodologies to extract valuable insights about the environment and farming operations
  • enhance robot capabilities: collaborate closely with our team to refine the sensing and actuation capabilities of our field robots. Engage in sensor and actuator integration, calibration, and validation processes to ensure our robots are equipped to act intelligently in the most demanding tasks
  • field trials: conduct repeatable field experiments and validation studies on farms and in natural environments. These trials, spanning multiple days per session, are vital to assessing the performance and effectiveness of your research. Collaborate with agricultural and environmental scientists to validate and compare research-derived insights
  • publish and present: share your groundbreaking research. Publish research papers and technical reports in high-impact journals, and present your work at conferences, workshops, and industry events, contributing to the global discourse on robotics and environmental management
  • mentorship: provide guidance and mentorship to graduate students and junior researchers who are also passionate about advancing our mission.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values. We are seeking excellent candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow who has:

  • Ph.D. in relevant field: hold a Ph.D. in computer science, mechatronics, robotics, or a related field, demonstrating your commitment to advanced research and expertise in your area of study
  • expertise in robotic algorithms: have a strong background in machine learning, data fusion, optimisation, control/planning, and/or computer vision, showcasing your proficiency in cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation
  • sensor and actuator experience: demonstrate practical experience in working with sensors and actuators, highlighting your ability to interface with and optimise these components on robotic systems
  • programming proficiency: display proficiency in programming languages such as Python, and/or C++, underlining your technical capabilities.
  • data analysis and modeling: bring experience with data analysis, statistical modeling, and/or data visualisation, demonstrating your ability to extract meaningful insights from data.
  • independent research: show a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision, highlighting your self-motivation and research acumen.
  • publication record: present a track record of publications and conference presentations relative to your opportunities, signifying your commitment to advancing knowledge in your field.
  • collaborative spirit: prove your ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines, and build effective relationships, emphasising your teamwork and interdisciplinary skills.
  • interpersonal skills: possess strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students, reflecting your capacity to engage with and mentor others.
  • communication skills: Exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills, enabling you to convey complex ideas and findings effectively.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

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1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

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6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


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