First listed on: 01 November 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autonomous Marine Systems


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as robotics, computer science or software engineering, or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to play a leading role in developing novel methods in the command of autonomous platforms in the marine environment
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

The position will sit within the Engineering & Technology (E&T) program of CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI), centred on the Autonomous Sensors Future Science Platform. Performing sustained marine observations presents a significant challenge due to the harsh and remote nature of the environment. E&T delivers bespoke systems and equipment to further science within the field and this role aims to strengthen the use of autonomous marine systems within the program. This will allow CSIRO to remain at the forefront of effective and efficient surveying, exploration, management and intervention of the marine environment, important for understanding and preventing threats posed to Australia’s ecology and biodiversity.

A candidate with high level of self-motivation is sought to work as part of a team of highly skilled multidisciplinary engineers and technicians to progress autonomous marine observations into the future. The successful applicant will play a leading role in developing novel methods in the command and control of autonomous platforms in the marine environment, as well as have the opportunity to observe and evaluate performance in the field.

Your duties will include:

  • Designing adaptive vehicle guidance algorithms to enable higher heuristic mission planning for a single autonomous platform. This may include dynamic path planning based on sensor or model inputs, in-situ path plan optimisation and control via model inputs.
  • Developing frameworks for multi-vehicle fleet management; both onshore and on-boat multi system collaboration.
  • Implement novel approaches for human-in-the-loop interactions, allowing human operators to collaborate with autonomous systems to achieve mission goals.
  • Developing (or assisting in the development) of suitable testbeds for evaluating solutions; both software and hardware based.
  • Producing high quality scientific and technical outputs including journal articles, conference papers and presentations, patents and technical reports.

Location:   Hobart, TAS
Salary:       AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:      Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 78843

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as robotics, computer science or software engineering.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrated research experience and skills in artificial intelligence, robotics or marine autonomous systems.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

If you meet the majority of these requirements, please consider applying.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

01 December 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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