Research Fellow in Distributed Autonomous Spectrum Management University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Engineering Australia



Job no: 0047921

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering

Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering

Salary: $70,600 - $95,800 (Level A)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - 9.5% superannuation


Work Type: Fixed Term for 12 months, renewable for a total term of up to four years


The Opportunity

You will work with A/Professor Tansu Alpcan and A/Professor Ben Rubinstein on novel research directions and collaborate closely with our industry partner on product/prototype development.  In this applied research project conducted as part of a Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC, the goal is to deliver distributed, near real-time spectrum management, automated planning, trusted command and control and spectrum utilisation efficiency through high performing, federated machine cognition systems.  If successful, the project will create potential to continue the research as part of a future product development team.  Our intent is to create more than just a job and look to create career opportunities in Australia.  A key objective of the research effort is supporting our industry partner with strong research know-how and innovative, practically-relevant solutions to achieve real world impact.  Further, you will publish the novel research results in relevant journals and conference proceedings.  The project is inherently multi-disciplinary covering the broad fields of wireless communications, adversarial and distributed machine/deep learning, and game theory (especially building upon convex optimisation).  You will be located in the Parkville Campus in the Melbourne School of Engineering with some occasional travel to Adelaide to visit industry partners.  Due to Defence CRC requirements, candidates must be Australian citizens and hold or be able to obtain a security clearance.


About you

Having completed a PhD in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or Computer Science, you have strong skills and experience in wireless communications, machine/deep learning, mathematics (probability, linear algebra, calculus) and a background in game theory and/or convex optimisation.  Further, you have excellent programming skills in multiple languages including Python and are capable of working with simulators and complex data sets to deliver tangible outcomes.  Ideally, you’ll also have experience and publications in spectrum management, adversarial machine learning and security games research areas.  By joining us, you will contribute to ground breaking and exciting research and have the opportunity to enhance your career by translating your efforts into impactful solutions and contributing to a better future for our society.


Application Process

Please apply online with your resume and cover letter. 


About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

At MSE, we are committed to excellence.  We are transforming our engineering and IT teaching as well as research at the University of Melbourne guided by MSE 2025, our ten-year strategic plan.  With an expected investment of $1 billion in people and infrastructure, we are creating the entrepreneurial leaders and technology of the future — the people and things that will drive innovation and productivity to make a sustainable impact on the world in which we live.  It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining MSE!


School of Electrical, Mechanical & Infrastructure (EMI)

EMI undertakes teaching and research across a range of disciplines that are internationally recognised for their contribution to fundamental research.  It has a number of well-established industry linkages and international partnerships and is building a vibrant profile of interdisciplinary research, working with industry to contribute to society.  It offers a comprehensive range of accredited Master of Engineering and Master of Information Technology programs taught through the Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure departments as well as professional Masters programs.  It has a substantial cohort of research higher degree students.  The School’s aim is to attract and retain outstanding staff and it is highly supportive of increasing the number of female staff.


Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers focused on addressing major challenges in Power Systems; Computation and Communication Networks; Electronic & Photonic Devices and Materials and Systems Engineering.  We have long-standing, strong partnerships with industry and government that support our researchers in conducting high impact research.


What we offer you

Apart from competitive salaries, our benefits are aimed at recognising and rewarding the contributions you make.  We offer complete flexibility, whatever that may mean for you.  Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care.  We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development and we’ll support you in doing what you love.


About the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, at number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018).  We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.


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Position Description

Advertised: 01 Apr 2019 12:00 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 30 Apr 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


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