The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A/B) (with PhD)


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Post-Doctoral Fellow (A or B) with PhD in Multi-Object Tracking and Robotics

( Level A) - $98,574 to $105,611 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation will apply.

(Level B) - $111,031 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation will apply.

Fixed term position for 2 years (possibility of extension to 3 years).

Build your research career within the School of Computer Science and contribute to an innovative project in Multi-Object Tracking and Robotics.

Be part of a research team investigating new multi-drone trajectory planning for multiple target tracking with a distributed sensor network .

This is an opportunity for a high-achieving postdoctoral researcher to join a world-leading research group in Computer Security and Machine Learning as well as Computer Science department ranked 48th in the world and The University of Adelaide ranked in the top 1% of Universities worldwide. Notably, Adelaide is ranked the third most liveable city in the world and the most liveable city in Australia in 2021.

The University of Adelaide is a member of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities and ranks inside the world's top 100. In the Australian Government's 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, 100% of University of Adelaide research was rated world-class or above, with work in 41 distinct fields achieving the highest possible rating of ‘well above world-standard'. This included Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The project will involve new inter-disciplinary collaborations with researchers from Industry in South Australia and interstate collaborations with institutions involved in multi-target tracking. This should provide significant benefits, such as new theoretical frameworks with provable performance guarantees for multi-drone tasking involving tracking multiple targets and exposure to working with and forging new relationships with Industry interested in multi-target tracking solutions and applications.

The discoveries to come out of the project will significantly increase our understanding of planning under uncertainty for multi-target tracking. This project represents a unique opportunity to produce future expertise for the Australian workforce, not only in university research, but also in industry.

The successful applicant will develop innovative multi-drone planning for tracking algorithms for use in real-world applications under uncertain, dynamic and noisy measurement environments.

To be successful at Level A you will need:

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) OR equivalent industry experience in
  • Robotics
  • Signal Processing/Control
  • Path Planning/Trajectory Planning
  • Multi-Target Tracking/Multi-Object Tracking,
  • Bayesian Filtering, Radom Finite Set filters or closely related multi-target tracking approaches
  • NeRF
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to tailor communication skills when interacting with students, researchers, professional staff and external stakeholders.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, with an ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience, both orally and written.
  • A strong work ethic, and the ability to work well independently, and as a member of a broader team, including with industrial partners.
  • Programming experience and expertise in Python and/or Julia and/or Matlab and/or C++.
  • In addition to the above, to be successful for Level B you will also need:

    Experience in state estimation, target tracking, and data fusion algorithms such as Kalman filtering, Particle filtering, and Multiple- hypothesis tracking.

  • A strong track record of high quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and development with limited supervision.
  • The ability to work as a member of a broader team, including with industrial partners.
  • Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs—including significant industry, government and community collaborations—offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long and fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. And our work's cutting-edge nature—not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour—provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. And our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    Your faculty's broader role

    The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance.

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    If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

    Applications close 11:55pm, 2 June 2024.

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Damith Ranasinghe

    E: [email protected]

    You'll find a full selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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    Job details


    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A/B) (with PhD)


    The University of Adelaide




    May 01, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 02, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

    The university has four campuses, three in South Australia: North Terrace campus in the city, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy and Waite campus at Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The university also operates out of other areas such as Thebarton, the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands, and in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

    The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia.

    The university is associated with five Nobel laureates, constituting one-third of Australia's total Nobel Laureates, and 110 Rhodes scholars. The university has had a considerable impact on the public life of South Australia, having educated many of the state's leading businesspeople, lawyers, medical professionals and politicians. The university has been associated with many notable achievements and discoveries, such as the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes and X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology.

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