Postdoctoral Research Associate / Research Fellow

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
28 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2016
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Scheduling and Optimisation in Mining Scenarios
Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation
Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)
Reference no. 1518/0916

  • Work closely with academia and Rio Tinto on fundamental research into field-robotics
  • Full-time fixed term for one year
  • remuneration package: $104K-$139K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

The Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) is a joint partnership between The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney and, Rio Tinto, in operation since 2007. The aim of the centre is to develop and implement the vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

With major funding support from Rio Tinto, the RTCMA has built up a successful technical and research program, ranging from the construction and fielding of large-scale robotic platforms and information systems, through to high-quality peer-reviewed journal papers. Currently the Centre is staffed by around 25 world-class researchers, technical staff, and PhD students from locations spanning six continents. The Centre forms a significant part of the larger field robotics community at the ACFR, which provides a range of specialists across over 100 research and technical staff.

We are currently seeking a self-motivated and well-qualified researcher to contribute to the theoretical and applied tasks of the robotics research group, with a focus on scheduling and optimisation of equipment and operations in a mining context. This will provide an exceptional opportunity to work closely with academia and Rio Tinto at the intersection of fundamental research into field-robotics, operations research and their application to mining. You will be expected to build research areas, engage in academic publication of research, work with a team of researchers and technical staff, and may also have the opportunity to teach at postgraduate and industry levels.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 19 October 2016 (11.30pm Sydney time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

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