First listed on: 10 January 2020

Senior Software Developers / Engineers (Python) 

  • Opportunity to provide Python software engineering skills for research and development projects in mining automation, utilising a range of exciting machine learning, data science and optimisation techniques
  • Located at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics on the Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, 12 months (renewable), fixed-term, $108,875 - $118,614 p.a. Fixed package (inclusive of base salary $93,986 p.a. - $102,393 p.a., annual leave loading and employer’s contribution of 14.5% to superannuation) 

Additional Features:

  • Up to 2 positions available
  • Family-friendly working hours
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Opportunities for tax-efficient salary packaging, including motor vehicles and laptops
  • A variety of training and development opportunities

About the opportunity 

This position will provide senior software development and engineering skills to further develop Rio Tinto’s vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

In this role, you will:

  • develop software for information fusion, optimisation and modelling using Python with a range of exciting machine learning and data science techniques in the mining domain
  • work closely with industry partners to prepare and adapt prototypes for integration into their production Mine Automation System
  • maintain an agile methodology
  • ensure code quality through design, testing and code reviews
  • travel domestically to liaise with the industry partner’s developers and domain experts

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:

  • a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in engineering, IT or computer science
  • exceptional skills in Python software development with at least 3 years' experience
  • thorough understanding of modern object-oriented design
  • experience working with large and distributed teams
  • proven track record in the development, deployment and maintenance of commercial software applications
  • working knowledge of the Linux development environment
  • experience with c++, AWS, Matlab, pandas, numpy and scikit-learn

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. This partnership has been 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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description 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 Job Reference No. 2785/1219F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 5 February 2020 (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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