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Research Scientist In Field Robotics

Date: 14-Jun-2019

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity

  • Use Your Skills and Make an Impact on Data Innovation Outcomes!
  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Join CSIRO's Data61 - Australia's Largest Data Innovation Group


We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Research Scientist to undertake navigation and planning research for field robots. The successful candidate will directly contribute to multiple projects undertaken by the CSIRO. One such project is CSIRO’s participation in the current DARPA Subterranean Challenge where a heterogenous team of robots perform autonomous multi-agent exploration and artefact detection in a GPS denied, communications degraded large scale subterranean environment. CSIRO leads one of the seven teams funded by DARPA to compete in this challenge globally. The successful candidate will be joining a team of world-class researchers and engineers solving real-world problems and delivering impactful solutions based at CSIRO’s Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) with extensive research, development and testing facilities.

Your duties will include


  • Undertaking innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes
  • Developing and maintaining innovative navigation, planning and control algorithms for field robotics
  • Working in the field with autonomous large and medium scale robots
  • Communicating openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation


Location: Pullenvale, QLD

Salary: AU$98K - AU$106K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 59649

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline, such as Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Control Engineering, Robotics Engineering or Computer Science, plus at least 1 year of relevant postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of navigation, planning and control algorithms used in mobile field robotics.
  • Extensive experience working with navigation, planning and control algorithms for mobile field robotics in outdoor environments, beyond simulation environments.
  • Knowledge and experience working with the Robot Operating System (ROS).


For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position description



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Flexible Working Arrangements


We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance



At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.



Who we are


CSIRO’s Data61 business unit is the largest data innovation group in Australia, bringing together approximately 600 research and development staff working in digital technologies to create benefit for Australia. Data61 develops Australia's future leaders with its strong 300+ PhD student program in collaboration with our best universities across Australia.


Apply Online


To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.


Please note: This is a re-advertisement for the position, if you have applied previously, we still have your application.

Applications Close

23:00 AEST 15th July 2019

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