Research Fellow in Agriculture Robotics: Translational Research

The University of Sydney - Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

Reference No. 1732/0817 

  • Lead a team translating research in agriculture robotics with a focus on horticulture
  • Full-time fixed term for 24 months (further offers subject to funding)
  • Remuneration package: $120K 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 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. 

With major funding support from various government and industry partners, the ACFR has built up a successful agricultural robotics and digital agriculture technical and research program, ranging from the construction and fielding of robotic platforms and information systems, through to high-quality peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, as well as close interaction with national and international growers community:

We are currently seeking a self-motivated and well-qualified researcher to lead the team in the translation of the theoretical and applied tasks of the agriculture robotics group, with a focus on our horticulture activity. This will provide an exceptional opportunity to work closely with academia and industry at the intersection of fundamental research into field-robotics, machine learning, data analytics and their application to agriculture. 

This is purely a research translation role with no teaching requirements. 

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.

We are looking for a Research Fellow in Agriculture Robotics: Translational Research who can demonstrate the following: 

  • Holds a PhD in robotics/mechatronics engineering or applied computer science.
  • Has a high-level understanding of fundamental algorithmic areas in robotics field: computer vision, machine learning, motion planning, numerical optimisation, estimation and filtering, classical control techniques and their relationship, and has a detailed understanding in one of the areas.

Please refer to the University of Sydney Careers website for additional information and selection criteria relating to this position. 

The position is full-time fixed term for two years, 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. 

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 08 October 2017 (Sydney time)

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