Research Associate in Intelligent Transport Systems

Sydney, Australia
01 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate in Intelligent Transport Systems

Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)

  • Work closely with academia on research in Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Full-time fixed term for 12 months
  • Remuneration package: $106K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is based in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) at The University of Sydney, and is dedicated to the research, development, application and dissemination of autonomous and intelligent robots and systems for operation in outdoor environments. The ACFR is a large multidisciplinary team of researchers and engineers with backgrounds in computer science, aeronautical and mechatronic engineering, physics and mathematics. It is the largest field robotics and automation research group in Australia and is also one of the largest of its kind in the world. It has been instrumental in developing breakthrough technologies and in conducting world-leading research and development of field robotics principles and systems.

We are currently seeking a self-motivated and well qualified researcher to contribute to the theoretical and applied tasks of the Intelligent Transport System research group. This will provide an exceptional opportunity to work closely with academia at the intersection of mathematical modelling and the development and deployment of autonomous road vehicles technology. You will be expected to build research areas, engage in academic publication of research, and may also have the opportunity to teach at postgraduate and undergraduate level.

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 and are looking for a Research Associate in Intelligent Transport Systems who can demonstrate the following:

PhD (or about to be awarded) in applied mathematics, robotics, mechatronics engineering, computer science or related discipline, be a team player with good communications skills and satisfy the following key requirements:

  • Research outputs and expert knowledge of state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms
  • Expert knowledge in one or more of the following fields: perception, navigation, multi-modal sensor fusion
  • Experience in software development with one or more of: Python, C++, Matlab
  • Analytical and numerical mathematical skills in linear algebra and calculus
  • Expert knowledge of modern machine learning and/or data fusion techniques

In addition, knowledge in the following areas will be advantageous:

  • Experience working ‘in the field’ with outdoor robotic / sensing systems
  • Research experience using Convolutional Neural Networks
  • Research experience and knowledge about Visual SLAM and Structure-from-Motion
  • Research experience and knowledge about 3D sensing and processing, such as LIDAR or depth cameras their associated algorithms
  • Experience designing autonomous vehicles
  • Research experience in control and optimisation
  • Experience with open source software packages, including one or more of: Caffe, Theano, Tensorflow, OpenCV, ROS, etc
  • Publication(s) as first-author in a peer reviewed journal or conference

The position is full-time fixed term for one year, with potential for extension subject to funding and is subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

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

Closing date: 11.30pm 24 September 2017 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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