First listed on: 09 April 2019

Software Engineer Lead 

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation
Reference no. 634/0319F

  • Opportunity to lead and provide software engineering skills for Research and Development projects in Field Robotics
  • Located at Little Queen Street, Darlington Campus at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics
  • Full-time Fixed term for 12 months (renewable), Base Salary: $103,034 p.a. - $116,199 p.a. Level 8, plus a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity 

This position will provide senior software engineering skills for Research and Development projects in Field Robotics.   In collaboration with the Lead Technical Engineer the Software Engineer Team Lead will be expected to plan and schedule work for a team of software engineers that researches, designs, develops, builds, tests software and fields a range of exciting robotics technologies and information systems in the mining domain; and to lead and participate in that team.  You will manage Engineering roles that will involve research and prototyping and others that will involve a devops focus. In these roles you will:

  • develop python and  C++ software for information fusion and modelling
  • work as part of a larger distributed team
  • work using an agile methodology
  • manage the team

Within the research support and prototyping roles, you will work with researchers to develop, test and validate solutions to real-world problems using machine learning and optimisation techniques.

Within the devops roles you will work closely with industry partners to prepare and adapt prototypes for integration into their production Mine Automation System.  This will involve selecting, designing and implementing a variety of technologies including distributed computing, machine learning and optimisation suites.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer who possesses:

  • exceptional skills in Python and/or C++ software development with at least 3 years' experience;
  • proven full stack development experience
  • working knowledge of the Linux development environment
  • thorough understanding of object oriented design
  • ability to dissect problems and provide innovative solutions
  • excellent communication skills
  • experience supervising and leading a team

About us

The Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) is a joint partnership between The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney and, Rio Tinto, in operation since 2007. The aim of the Centre is to develop and implement the vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

With major funding support from Rio Tinto, the RTCMA has built up a successful technical and research program, ranging from the construction and fielding of large-scale robotic platforms and information systems through to quality journal papers. Currently the Centre is staffed by around 25 world-class researchers, technical staff, and postgraduate students from locations spanning six continents.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ more than 6,000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 634/0319F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 22 April 2019 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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