Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow in Control and Robotics

Sydney, Australia
20 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and IT
Australian Centre for Field Robotics

  • Utilise your strong background in control, robotics and optimization
  • Located at Camperdown Campus, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
  • 2 Year Full time Fixed Term role with Base Salary: $90K-102K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Fellow in Control and Robotics with a strong background in robotics, control and optimization to develop new theory and algorithms. Particular techniques will include contraction analysis, real-time optimization, learning control, and computer-aided stability verification (e.g. via sum-of-squares relaxation) There will also be the opportunity to implement and test your algorithms on a range of experimental platforms at the ACFR, including bipedal walking robots, underwater robots, and teams of aerial vehicles.

The position is supported partly by an Australian Research Council project led by A/Prof Ian Manchester at the ACFR.  

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 Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Fellow in Control and Robotics who possess: 

At Research Associate level:

  • a PhD (or soon to be completed)
  • a research publication track record, potential or demonstrated, of international standing
  • demonstrated expertise and research experience in nonlinear control theory, robot motion planning and control, or optimization
  • strong mathematical and computational skills
  • demonstrated excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • demonstrated ability to work as a team and independently

At Research Fellow level:

  • a track record of high-impact publication in control theory, robotics, or optimization.
  • demonstrated ability to develop and lead new research directions
  • evidence of an ability to secure research funding from competitive grants

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for further information. To be considered, it is essential that you upload a resume and address the online selection criteria.

About us

The University of Sydney’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, incorporating the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), is one of the largest robotics research institutes in the world, with over 100 members including faculty, research fellows, technical staff, and postgraduate students. The ACFR performs fundamental research on perception, control, modelling, learning, and systems engineering and has strong industry and scientific collaborations in sectors including mining, commercial aviation, agriculture, defence and underwater mapping and exploration.

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.

How to apply

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 1124/0618F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 22 July 2018

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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