Research Leader in Construction Automation/Robotics

Melbourne, Australia
08 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • New opportunity in Construction Automation
  • School of Engineering
  • Contribute to our 2025 strategy and vision

Swinburne is a place where your work can impact the national economy and wellbeing of our society. We promote diversity, support career development, provide flexibility and offer competitive salary packages.

We are a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

Swinburne University of Technology is seeking to appoint a Professor responsible for research in the emerging field of construction automation.

As our Professor of Construction Automation, you will lead a group of robotics and construction researchers, as well as work collaboratively with researchers in the fields of construction materials, structural engineering and construction technology. Your key goal of this interdisciplinary research position is to lead and develop innovative automated-solutions for the construction industry.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher to join a leading group of construction researchers to lead this emerging field of construction automation in Australia.

About the Laboratory

Swinburne’s newly established Construction Automation Laboratory will focus on the transfer and adaptation of technologies from mechanical design, aerospace engineering, and advanced manufacturing industries. Applications are sought from candidates with background from these fields, with a doctoral degree in mechatronics, electrical, mechanical engineering or closely related field with a strong demonstrated interest in robotics.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A doctoral degree in mechanical engineering or mechatronics or closely related field, with a strong demonstrated interest in automation.
  • Successful international research track record in an automation related field, supported by publications in high quality journals and citations, and a demonstrable record in attracting external research income through competitive grants and/or industry collaboration.
  • Accomplishments in construction robotics and/or in the application of practical mechanical design and automation solutions to industry.
  • Interpersonal skills that demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative working relationships with internal and external partners.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff.  As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available.   You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs.  You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 

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How to apply

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact The Insight Group, Executive Search Consultants assisting the University with this appointment, Dr Rohan Carr or Ms Emily Witts via or +613 9654 3288.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 18th December 2017