Research Fellow in Optimisation and Control University of Melbourne, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Job no: 0044276

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Melbourne School of Engineering

Salary: $69,148* - $93,830 p.a. (Level A) (*PhD entry Level A.6 $87,415 p.a.) plus 9.5% superannuation


The research fellow will join a team of academic staff and postgraduate students working on problems pertaining to real-time decision making in dynamic systems. The team maintains a longstanding partnership with Defence Science and Technology Group in this area.


In this research, the investigation will focus on the coordination of a group of autonomous vehicles to achieve a common objective under uncertain and time varying operational considerations. The flexibility to be able to handle different scenarios and associated mission constraints will be an integral aspect of the research.


The aim of the research is to explore and develop novel algorithms that are implementable in real-time, can predict over a long horizon and make optimal decisions under given performance metrics while satisfying hard constraints. This will involve a combination of predictive control and machine learning (data-driven) techniques to optimally respond to rapidly changing conditions, and to disrupt the planning algorithms of adversarial actions.


The research fellow will have an outstanding background in Engineering or Applied Mathematics (or equivalent), and experience with the implementation of numerical methods and engineering applications of optimisation techniques in real-time control of dynamical systems with exposure to mathematical foundations of learning, graph theory, and combinatorial optimisation.


The research fellow will be located in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering within the Melbourne School of Engineering, and collaborate with researchers and engineers internally and externally. In addition to preparing technical reports, research publications, and computer simulations, the research fellow may also have the opportunity to undertake teaching and student supervision is areas directly related to their research.


The University plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this, the School is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce across engineering disciplines. Under a Special Measure, under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) the School is seeking to lift the representation of women from 20% in 2014 to at least 25% over the next 5 years, and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates.


This position is available for 2 years and will be reviewed at the end of this period.

Close date: 1 Jan 2018 ( extended from 31 Dec 2017 )

Position Description and Selection Criteria


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Advertised: 01 Nov 2017 12:00 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 01 Jan 2018 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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