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Senior Research Fellow ACFR – Mining Optimisation Lead
University of Sydney

Date Posted Sep. 18, 2020
Title Senior Research Fellow ACFR – Mining Optimisation Lead
University University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Department Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)
Application Deadline Oct. 18, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Robotics
  • An opportunity to lead world class field robotics research in automated optimisation of large-scale mining operations within the Australian Centre for Field Robotics
  • Located on the Chippendale Campus, Join one of the largest robotics research groups in the world with over 120 researchers and engineers, and 1500m2 of laboratory space
  • Full-time Level C, 2 years fixed term with a base salary of $133K – $153K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

We are currently seeking an experienced, self-motivated and well-qualified Senior Research Fellow to lead an ambitious operations optimisation research program within Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation, setting the direction for the next 10 years of funding for our Centre. The work will involve collaborating with industry and leading a research team to pioneer new capabilities and deploy on real-world systems for automated optimisation of mining operations across a network of sites and supply chain logistics. In addition to technical expertise, the role will require leadership skills to direct the research team and develop this project into a long-term research program with real-world outcomes. This role will provide an exceptional opportunity to work closely with academia and Rio Tinto at the intersection of fundamental research into field-robotics and mine operations. You will work with the Centre’s team of software engineers to facilitate the real-world validation and operational deployment of your academic research. You will be expected to build research areas, engage in academic publication of research, supervise postdoc researchers and PhD students, and engage directly with the industry partner. This research-focused role does not require a teaching load, but opportunities may be available if desired.

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 Senior Research Fellow ACFR – Mining Optimisation Lead who has:

  • completed (or is near completion) a PhD in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or a related discipline
  • demonstrated expert knowledge in optimisation, operations research, automation and control systems
  • experience leading a team-based research project, including supervision of students or academics at a postgraduate level
  • experience working on industry projects and/or collaboratively with industry partners and domain experts
  • experience building a research team that spans novel academic research and real-world delivery of results
  • demonstrated ability of working closely with a hardware/software development team to transfer research outcomes into real-world-deployable systems
  • a proficiency with Python, Matlab and/or C++

In addition, the following will be advantageous, who has:

  • experience in a mining research environment
  • experience with Linux, QNX, ROS or similar for robotic deployments

About us

The Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) was established by The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney in 2007. Since its launch, it has become a world-class research group of scientists and engineers, recognised for both fundamental research and delivering technology to industry. The Centre’s research spans automation of equipment, geological interpretation and optimisation of equipment and processes. Funded by the global mining company Rio Tinto, the aim of the Centre for Mining Automation is to develop and implement the vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 position description 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 1088/0920F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 18 October 2020

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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  • We are committed to diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, people who identify as LGBTIQ, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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