First listed on: 08 May 2020

Senior Software Engineer

  • Provide software engineering support to the field of robotics (2 Positions Available)
  • Located at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics on the Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, 12 months fixed term with a base salary of $93K - $102K p.a., Level 7, plus a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Senior Project Manager, the Senior Software Engineer will be responsible for providing software engineering support for contract research and development (R&D) projects in Field Robotics.  In collaboration with the Lead Software Engineer, the Senior Software Engineer will be expected to research, design, develop, build, test software and field a range of exciting robotics technologies and information systems in the agriculture domain.  These two positions will provide support and assistance to researchers and students on robotic systems with:

  • an excellent programming skill like C++, Python, Bash, Matlab, Robotic Operating Systems (ROS) framework
  • a sound knowledge and experience with developing multi-threaded and/or multi-process applications as well as thorough understanding of object-oriented design
  • an ability to work independently and drive colleagues and team members to deliver projects on time
  • an ability to support field trials and willingness to help others in non-software related issues as well.

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 with these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer who:

  • has a tertiary degree in Software Engineering or related field, with at least 3 years relevant experience.
  • is knowledgeable of agile software development and prior experience of software team lead
  • has a sound working knowledge of safety procedures, relevant to the work environment
  • is experienced in writing technical documents and user manuals relating to software and processes
  • is willing to travel interstate for fieldwork when required.

About us

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is based in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) at The University of Sydney, and is dedicated to the research, development, application and dissemination of field robotics principles. The ACFR is the largest robotics and automation research group in Australia and one of the largest of its kind in the world.

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

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 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 reference number 651/0420F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 8 June 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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