Research Associate / Research Fellow (Level ARAS / BRF)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 11 Mar 2024

  • Based in UniSA STEM at the Mawson Lakes campus
  • Full-time, 3-year fixed term contract
  • Commencement Salary: ARAS: $96,929 BRF: $109,074 per annum (plus 17% superannuation) 

About the Role

An excellent opportunity has become available for a Research Associate / Research Fellow to work on a strategic SmartSat CRC funded project led by UniSA on SpaceCraft Autonomy & Onboard AI for Next Generation Space Systems (SCARLET-α) in collaboration with leading research and industry partners including Airbus, Ascension, Leonardo, Saab, DSTG, Deakin University and Swinburne University. The Research Fellows will carry out research on distributed AI/ML technology solutions in the following work package:

This position bridges academia and industry, driving space research and technology forward and contributing significantly to SmartSat CRC's visionary project.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Core Responsibilities

Research Associate (Level ARAS)
  • Undertake research under limited supervision to achieve project grant outcomes  
  • Design and perform a range of experiments including appropriate controls to achieve planned research outcomes
  • Prepare or contribute to the preparation of refereed journal publications, conference and seminar papers arising from the research 
  • Provide advice to post graduate students in the appointee’s area of expertise 
  • Undertake administrative duties associated with relevant research projects, as required from time to time

Research Fellow (Level BRF)
  • Conduct high-quality research project independently or under limited supervision and in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders 
  • Design, perform and record experimental work
  • Independently or under limited supervision, communicate research outcomes in both verbal and written form including presentations and reports to the research team
  • Ensure delivery of project’s research milestones, objectives and work programs are met on time, within budget and to the industry partner’s satisfaction
  • Develop a record of independent research that results in high-quality publications

Essential Skills and Experience

Research Associate (Level ARAS)

  • A postgraduate qualification in an appropriate Science or Engineering area relevant to the research area 
  • Evidence of high quality research output commensurate with the length of research career, which is published and presented in appropriate forums
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills demonstrated through written work such as research reports, research publications and educational materials, and through effective liaison with external partners, colleagues and students
  • Ability to plan and execute testing and research with stakeholders
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team

Research Fellow (Level BRF)

  • A PhD qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated research productivity as a postdoctoral researcher, with experience relevant to at least one research strand
  • Evidence of participation in external activities such as industry or community engagement relevant to the field of research
  • Record of independent research resulting in high-quality publications and evidence of growing citation impact
  • High-level communication and interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with team members, other colleagues and external parties


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses
  • A variety of leave arrangements


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment.  Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

Start Your Unstoppable Career

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA .  The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.  

Please address your cover letter to Jessica Frisari, Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at [email protected] using job reference number 5928.

Applications close: 11.30pm Monday 11 March 2024

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.


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