Senior Technical Officer, Marine Robotics

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Sep 2022

  • Full time, fixed term for 18 months
  • Opportunity to work with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics
  • Offering competitive remuneration and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is looking to appoint a Senior Technical Officer (Marine Robotics/Field Operations). This role is expected to utilise training, specialised technical expertise and scientific knowledge to contribute to the development, testing and deployment of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and related marine robotic systems, with a particular focus on electronic systems design. This will involve managing vehicle design, upgrades and maintenance, logistics, field operations and data, ensuring platform readiness, managing and executing electronic, mechanical or software upgrades, managing and processing data and documentation, and planning and executing fieldwork. Time at sea supporting fieldwork operations is an expectation of the role. The successful candidate will resolve problems relating to the delivery of efficient and effective research services on a timely basis, escalating issues when required. Decisions relating to electronic, software and mechanical design will be taken in collaboration with colleagues in the facility.

This opportunity is available at an HEO7 or HEO8 dependent on experience.

For more information on the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, see here.

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 Technical Officer who has:

  • tertiary qualifications in Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering, Computer Science or similar
  • experience working with marine robotics systems including development, design and debugging of electronic, software and mechanical hardware systems
  • skills in software development including work with C/C++, Python, embedded systems, navigation systems, computer vision systems, web and/or user interface design
  • capacity to maintain and deploy advanced robotic and/or mechatronic systems. Experience doing so at sea is highly desirable.
  • demonstrated skills and experience necessary to manage the processes for testing and support of software/hardware for robotic systems
  • experience managing large volumes of data including the setup of large disk arrays and modern data transfer systems with the aim of being of a quality for use in academic publications
  • the ability to liaise effectively with both scientific/technical and non-technical colleagues and to write technical documents and user manuals relating to software and processes

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Tuesday 20 September 2022 11:59 PM

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