Research Assistant in Mechatronics

Paddington, Sydney, Australia
$81,000 - $96,000
14 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW | Art & Design is one of the world’s leading faculties of art, design and media innovation. It is a global player with a distinguished reputation to match. The role is part of an on-going ARC-funded research project, which is situated in the Creative Robotics Laboratory (CRL), a unique interdisciplinary research group with a dedicated research facility, supporting experimental research in social robotics and human-robot interaction. Launched in 2013, CRL works in partnership with the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney.

About the role

  • $81K-$96K per year, pro rata for part time plus 9.5% superannuation and annual leave loading 
  • Fixed Term for 12 months
  • Part-time (21 hours per week) negotiable

The appointment will be made at either Level 6 or Level 7, depending on experience of the successful applicant.

This role offers an exciting opportunity for an engineer with an interest in interdisciplinary research across robotics and the performing arts to work on an ARC-funded project. The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant (RA) is to provide technical support in the mechatronic construction of a series of unique robots to achieve the physical form and movement profiles provided by the project leaders. This mechatronics development is at the core of a new imitation learning method for teaching non-anthropomorphic robots how to move. The physical form and movement profiles will be based on existing and on-going studies with movement experts, i.e., dancers, animating low-fidelity costumes that resemble the robots’ physical form that the RA will be required to construct. The successful applicant will be responsible to, and work closely with, the Chief Investigators and other team members to ensure the successful completion of the project on time.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Ability to manage a project and set deadlines.
  • Experience in developing electromechanical systems, including mechanical hardware, electronics.

  • Completed an undergraduate degree in mechatronics, computer science, or electrical engineering or equivalent relevant experience and/or education/training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Dr Petra Gemeinboeck, Lead Chief Investigator


Applications close: 11:59PM Friday, 31 March 2017

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