[robotics-worldwide] ACFR Research Fellowship: closing January 17 2008

Stefan Williams stefanw at acfr.usyd.edu.au
Fri Dec 14 04:45:49 PST 2007

Research Fellow in Terrain Aided Navigation for UUVs
Australian Centre for Field Robotics
School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
University of Sydney

The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) has
secured funding through the DSTO Centre of Expertise in Autonomous and
Unmanned System to provide support for a Research Fellow to undertake
research in the area of Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping and its
application to Unmanned Underwater Vehicle operations. The Maritime
Platforms Division (MPD) of DSTO has developed the Wayamba and Mullaya
UUV’s. At present these vehicles navigate using inertial navigation and
acoustic positioning systems. The ACFR has developed a combination of
terrain aided and acoustic navigation systems that, based on Simultaneous
Location and Mapping (SLAM) techniques, allow their UUV’s to integrate local
observations of terrain into their navigation solutions when approaching
seafloor structures. The SLAM and acoustic navigation techniques compliment
one another and the fusion of these techniques will allow for improved UUV
navigation solutions.  
We have an outstanding position available for a dynamic and experienced
Research Fellow to undertake fundamental research in this area and to see it
applied into on-going programs supported through the DSTO MPD. Suited to
this role is an individual who has a strong background in Terrain Aided
navigation, excellent team work skills, a responsible nature and an
enthusiasm for seeing their work integrated into real platforms.  As part of
this position, you will work closely with DSTO MPD to see the proposed
techniques integrated onto their platforms and demonstrated in the field.

To succeed, you will need to possess a PhD in Electrical, Mechatronic
Engineering or Computer Science or similar, as well as demonstrated ability
to see your research integrated on real robotic systems. Ideally, you will
have a strong background and experience working with oceanographic
instrumentation, AUVs or other advanced robotic systems. Experience in
software development and working with complex systems will also be
considered an asset.

This is an outstanding opportunity to further develop your research career
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 field

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.

Remuneration package: up to $101k p.a. depending on the level of employment
(including leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to
Level of appointment and responsibility will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

All applications must be completed online by visiting the University of
Sydney's Careers page
id=14743&in_jnCounter=221303321. A copy of the duty statement can be viewed
by clicking Attached Position Files. Specific enquiries should be directed
to Dr. Stefan Williams at stefanw at acfr.usyd.edu.au  For general enquiries,
please contact Fabrice Noël on (+61 2) 9036 7295 or by email:
f.noel at usyd.edu.au  

Closing Date: Jan 17 2008

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
Mob: +61 403 849 183

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