First listed on: 21 September 2018

Centre Lead - Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation

Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)
Faculty of Engineering and IT
Reference No. 1679/0818F

  • Lead a large Research & Development team focusing on delivering world leadership in mining automation
  • Full-time fixed term for 3 years (subject to external funding with an opportunity to extend)
  • Remuneration package: up to $169k p.a. plus leave loading and up to 17% superannuation.

About the opportunity

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney, in partnership with Rio Tinto, a global mining company, established the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) in 2007, and is extending this Centre for a further 5 years through to 2023. The aim of the RTCMA is to develop and implement the vision of a fully autonomous, remotely operated mine.

This is a major research and development initiative with a clear focus on delivering world leadership in mining automation. The new Centre is seeking a candidate for the position of Centre Lead. The Centre Lead will lead a team of approximately 30 researchers and technical staff and offer further opportunities to grow the Centre. You will have an executive function to support the development of, and implement, the R&D strategy, and will manage the day-to-day operational activities of the team. Leadership and team management skills, together with the capacity to communicate strategy and technical direction, will be essential.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • a PhD in an engineering discipline related to automation, or a mining discipline related to mine system operations
  • substantial experience in delivering or engaging with University research and its translation
  • a demonstrated record of providing leadership and fostering excellence in research and industry engagement and will have attained recognition as a leading authority in their discipline.
  • a sound understanding of both theoretical and applied research, and demonstrable experience managing significant R&D projects with successful delivery to end-users
  • made innovative and distinguished contributions to R&D in mine automation, and make a commensurate contribution to the work of the University

A demonstrated ability to work closely with industry or university in applying research outcomes will be crucial. The appointee will also be expected to engage in the training of postgraduates and industry staff, and apply practical skills and solve problems while in the field.

The position is full-time, fixed term for three years, with potential for extension subject to funding and subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

About us

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies consists of an Academic Services Directorate comprising of Education support and Research support. The Faculty has 5 Schools (Civil Engineering, Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, Electrical and Information Engineering, Information Technologies and Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering) undertaking world standard research and offering bachelors programs and coursework and research postgraduate degrees.

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 over 7600 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 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 1679/0818F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 21 October 2018 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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