[robotics-worldwide] ACFR Senior Technical Officer, AUV Operations

Stefan Williams stefanw at acfr.usyd.edu.au
Mon Aug 20 05:02:44 PDT 2007

ACFR Senior Technical Officer, AUV Operations
ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, Australian Centre for Field
Reference No. USYD/106635
Closing: 25 August, 2007

The University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is
currently expanding its Autonomous Marine Systems Group to meet its
obligations as the National Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Facility for
Australia's Integrated Marine Observation System (IMOS) program. The
objectives of the ACFR's marine activities surround the development of
algorithms and methods capable of modelling structurally complex marine
environments, such as the Great Barrier Reef.  

We have an outstanding position available for a dynamic and experienced
Technical Officer to oversee the daily operations of the AUV Facility, and
to provide engineering support for our marine systems programs. Suited to
this role is a technically savvy individual who has excellent team work
skills, a responsible nature, and an enthusiasm for travelling across
Australia and spending time at sea. 

As Technical Officer, you will manage vehicle upgrades and maintenance,
logistics, field operations and data for the IMOS AUV Facility. You will
also ensure platform readiness, manage and execute mechanical, electrical or
software upgrades, manage data and documentation, and plan and execute field
work. In addition, you will be called on to collaborate closely with
internal and external researchers, and supervise technical staff. As such,
strong communication and interpersonal skills will be imperative. 

To succeed, you will need to possess a tertiary degree in an area relevant
to Electrical or Mechatronic Engineering or Computer Science, or similar, as
well as demonstrate the ability to maintain and deploy advanced robotic
systems in the ocean. Ideally, you will have strong skills in the design and
fabrication of mechanical and electrical/electronic systems, and experience
working with oceanographic instrumentation, AUVs or other advanced robotic
systems. Experience in software development using Linux will also be
considered an asset.

This is an outstanding opportunity to further develop your skills in a
highly-specialised and sought-after field of robotics. You will find great
satisfaction in making a name for yourself in a challenging hands-on role,
and can look forward to multiple opportunities to be involved in research
cruises and domestic travel. Details of the project can also be found at
http://www.acfr.usyd.edu.au/research/projects/subsea/auvSIRIUS.shtml and

The position is full-time fixed term for two years, subject to the
completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. There is
the possibility of further offers of employment, subject to funding and
need. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a
condition of employment for new appointees.  Level of appointment and
responsibility will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Further details can be found here:


Expressions of interest should be directed to Dr. Stefan Williams by email:
stefanw at acfr.usyd.edu.au  For general enquiries, please contact Fabrice Noël
on (02) 9036 7295. 

Closing: 25 August 2007

Dr. Stefan B. Williams

Senior Lecturer
Australian Centre for Field Robotics
ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems
School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, J04
University of Sydney, 
Sydney, NSW, 2006

Phone: +61 2 9351 8152       Fax: +61 2 9351 7474

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