The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

Research Fellow (B) - Defence Trailblazer


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(Level B) $107,276 - $126,894 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full time, Fixed Term position to June 2026.

This is a fantastic opportunity be part of the Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability - a collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide and UNSW. This opportunity is also advertised by UNSW.

Defence Trailblazer are working with Industry Partner, SRC Aus to recruit a Research Fellow Level B. The position will be located at The University of Adelaide.

Traditional Electronic Warfare (EW) relies on descriptors for classification of detected radio frequency transmitters. The generation of these descriptors require a panoply of techniques, mixed with accumulated experience, resulting in an ad hoc technology stack. Effective as these techniques have been in the past, they are vulnerable to a proliferation of new technology and tactics in the EW search space, as new modes of operations of radio frequency equipment emerge in increasingly complex, congested and contested spectral environments. With recent advances in machine learning across multiple fields, the time is ripe for a thorough re-examination of the signal sensing, processing and information generation techniques underpinning EW.

The Project will combine machine learning software and novel sensor hardware to develop the next generation techniques in EW that is small, lightweight and capable to processing multi-domain in multi-discipline signals in contested, and complex EW environments.

Reporting to Theme Lead the successful candidate will have excellent communication skills to work with relevant academics, researchers and students across UoA and UNSW.

To be successful you will need:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of: electronic warfare, radars, sensors, telecommunications, machine learning.
  • Demonstrated strong programming skill in Python, MATLAB or equivalent.
  • Possess strong analytical skills and ability to formulate novel approaches to problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct experimental trials and process data arising.
  • Experience or demonstrated capability in working with industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.
  • Qualifications:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification preferably at a postgraduate level with subsequent relevant experience or equivalent competence gained through any combination of education, training and experience.
  • The successful candidate may be required to hold or attain an Australian government security clearance.
  • Knowledge and experience in the higher education, Defence and/or defence industry sectors is highly desirable.

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    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, 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. 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 culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    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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    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, 14 January 2024. Successful candidates will be contacted after this date.

    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:

    Brian Ng Associate Professor Electrical and Electronic Engineering P: +61 (8) 8313 5054 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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    Research Fellow (B) - Defence Trailblazer


    The University of Adelaide




    November 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    January 14, 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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