Research Fellow, College of Engineering and Computing with the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU)

Classification: Academic level B – Research oriented

Salary package: $103,841 per year plus 17% superannuation

Term: Full time, CDD (2 years)

Job description and selection criteria: PD_SoCO_Research Fellow_B_Feb 22 544089_final.pdf

Closing Date: March 28, 2022

Researcher on planning under uncertainty for an ARC Linkage project with Safran. Join us in developing fundamental approaches to mission and movement planning that could help make helicopter services safer and faster.

Specific opportunities include:

  • Opportunities to design and develop new fundamental approaches for mission and movement planning under conditions of uncertainty, with application to helicopter pilot assistance systems.
  • Opportunities for close collaboration with researchers from ANU, Safran Australia and Safran France.

College overview

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Engineering and Computing (CECS) is a vibrant and diverse community of over three thousand students, staff and visitors. Our College is made up of three schools: the School of Computer Science, the School of Cybernetics and the School of Engineering, supported by the Professional Services Group. Our goal is to bring together the expertise of social, technical, ecological and scientific systems to build a new approach. At the College, we draw on our disciplinary foundations to find and solve problems of global significance. Our people take our traditional world-class expertise and use it in creative and unconventional directions. Through the Reimagine investment, we have the privilege and the responsibility to build a new legacy for the University, the country and even the world. We will fulfill our mission by building a strong community, providing transformative educational experiences, conducting high-impact research, seeking meaningful engagement, and becoming a resilient post-COVID-19 organization. Join us in shaping a new intellectual agenda to reinvent engineering, computing, and the use of technology around the world.

The School of Computing has a strong foundation in Computer Science and Information Science at ANU. We are a transformative research center in artificial intelligence and machine learning, computer systems and software, and the theoretical foundations of computer science. We cover traditional and modern thinking, connecting decades of computational methodologies with modern data and computer science. Our mission is driven by the need to design, drive and support strategic activities through five broad focus areas: foundations of computing, computational science, intelligent systems, data science and analytics, and the Software Innovation Institute. Be part of an innovative and forward-thinking intellectual program grounded in a diverse and inclusive culture.

Job Overview

This position is a 2-year CDD to contribute to the development of the planning components of an AI-based helicopter pilot assistance system.

The project is a collaboration between the ANU School of Computing and Safran Electronics and Defense Australia (SEDA) in building the next generation of AI-based pilot assistance systems for emergency medical services and services. search and rescue helicopters. The school is a community of high-performing academic and professional staff, students, and visitors who share a deep commitment to transforming the future of computing for the next generation, with cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and technology. machine learning, computer systems and software, and the theoretical foundations of computer science. Safran is a multinational company specializing in aircraft and rocket engines, aerospace components and their defense applications.

The researcher will be based at the ANU School of Computing and will collaborate closely with the ANU and Safran researchers involved in this project, as well as with the wider ANU community. The researcher will also have the opportunity to carry out research visits to Safran’s research laboratories in Australia and France.

The successful candidate will have completed or near completion of a PhD in computer science, robotics, artificial intelligence, aerospace engineering, or a related discipline relevant to the project, with research experience in at least one of the following areas: Motion planning in the uncertainty, mission planning under uncertainty, integrated task and motion planning, and partially observable Markov decision processes, as evidenced by high-quality publications in conferences and/or peer-reviewed journals. Experience in applying research results from any of the mentioned fields to a physical robot is a plus.

Longer term and/or continuing appointment may be offered in exceptional cases subject to performance and budget availability as well as the candidate’s demonstrated ability and desire to complement the College’s strategic programs in teaching, research and wider engagement within the University and the community.

ANU is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, and particularly welcomes applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and applicants from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Also, it is customary at ANU College of Engineering and Computing to actively seek a gender mix of shortlisted candidates for interview. For more information on staff equity at ANU, visit

We welcome and nurture diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from people who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have had career hiatuses, had career breaks or who have reached the excellence in careers outside the higher education sector. . We support candidates who need flexible arrangements in their work environments or patterns. If your experience seems a little different from what we have described, but you are passionate and motivated by this position, we welcome your inquiry and your application.

ANU offers attractive benefits and excellent support for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and offers generous salary benefits, including four weeks of paid vacation per year, assistance with moving expenses and a 17% contribution. from the employer to the retirement pension. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part-time work arrangements, a parent and elderly support program, dual-career hiring programs, ANU school vacation programs and child care. on the campus. For more information visit:

To inquire about this position, please contact Hanna Kurniawati, T +61 2 6125 1577 or E [email protected]

Application Information

Applicants should apply online through the ANU Recruitment Portal and should upload the following separate documents:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include references, you can complete them online when prompted in the application form.
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria. [OR: A response of no more than X words addressing each selection criteria.]
  • Other documents, if necessary.

ANU conducts background checks on potential employees, and employment in this position is contingent on satisfactory results in accordance with the Background Check Procedure, which defines the types of checks required by each type of position.

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