Principal Research Engineer in Mining Automation (Level D)

Sydney, Australia
19 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)

Faculty of Engineering and IT

  • Lead a large Research & Development team focusing on delivering world leadership in mining automation
  • Full-time fixed term for 2 years (opportunity to extend subject to funding)
  • Remuneration package: $177K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney, in partnership with Rio Tinto, a global mining company, established the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) in 2007, and is extending this Centre for a further 5 years through to 2023. The aim of the RTCMA is to develop and implement the vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

This is a major research and development initiative with a clear focus on delivering world leadership in mining automation. The new Centre is seeking a candidate for the position of Principal Research Engineer. The Principal Research Engineer will lead a team of approximately 20 researchers and technical staff, with opportunities to grow the Centre. The appointee will develop and implement the R&D strategy and will manage the day-to-day research and technical activities of the team. Leadership and team management skills, together with the capacity to communicate strategy and technical direction, will be essential. The appointee will report to the Director of Research and Innovation at the ACFR.

About you

The successful candidate will have a PhD in an engineering discipline related to automation, in particular outdoor robotics and/or large-scale automated information processing software systems, and will have a demonstrated research record in either (or both) of these areas. The appointee will be expected to have a sound understanding of both theoretical and applied research, and demonstrable experience managing significant R&D projects with successful delivery to end-users.

A demonstrated ability to work closely with industry in applying research outcomes will be crucial. The appointee will also be expected to engage in the training of postgraduates and industry staff, and apply practical skills and solve problems while in the field.

The position is full-time, fixed term for two years, with potential for extension subject to funding and 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 29 October 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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