Research Associate in Software Engineer

Randwick, Australia
10 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full 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 Built Environment (BE) is one of the largest built environment faculties in Australia and is internationally renowned for its comprehensive range of multidisciplinary degree programs. UNSW BE focus is on research and education relevant to the design, delivery and management of the 21st century city and the elements. The Faculty’s strategic direction is one based on a commitment to deliver high impact research and graduates equipped with the knowledge and practical skills required to realise sustainable urban environments of enduring cultural value.

The Design Futures Laboratory aims to inspire exploration, innovation and research into fabrication, emerging technologies and design theories.  The Lab is committed to delivering high impact research and equipping students with knowledge and skills to develop projects from early concept design to resolution.

About the role

  • $73,597K-$98,127K plus 9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term 6/12months
  • Full-time / Part-time options available

The Research Associate will be based in the Faculty of Built Environment, and work on an exciting research project into collaborative robots. The project is a research collaboration between academia and industry. The appointee will be expected to have the capability to work with industrial and collaborative robots and integrate advanced design modelling, programming and fabrication expertise into functional prototypes, as well as having excellent research experience and report writing skills.

The role of Research Associate reports to the Director, Design Futures Lab.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Completion of a Master degree in a related discipline, e.g., Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, or a Bachelor degree in a related discipline with excellent project experience in the field. PhD/ PhD candidature in a related field is desirable.
  • Ability to undertake research in industry robot control systems; Understanding processes and systems to support the integration of high-level sensor and motor control systems, e.g., machine vision and path planning
  • Experience programming industrial and/or collaborative robots from KUKA and ABB, including experience of TwinCAT, C/C++, C#, KRL, RAPID, Java, etc.
  • Experience integrating industrial and/or collaborative robots with other industrial technology, e.g., conveyor systems and actuators, to coordinate actions.
  • Good interpersonal skill
  • Ability to undertake/coordinate research activities with industry partners
  • Ability to initiate research activities, multi-task across multiple aspects of the project and perform well under pressure as well as to work cooperatively within a small team
  • Knowledge of UNSW equal opportunity and diversity policies and programs
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety 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 directly to the contact listed.


Marjo Niemelä, Director Design Futures Lab


Applications close: 22 April 2018