This position is with the QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR) and will work closely with the Visual Learning and Understanding research program. We are looking to fill this position immediately (from May 2023). Please contact Prof Niko Suenderhauf if you are interested, and add a CV, explain how you meet the selection criteria, and include a 1-page research statement.
About the Position
We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic Research Fellow to contribute decisively to our Visual Learning and Understanding research program. You will be a key member of the QUT Centre for Robotics and will work closely with academics, other research fellows, engineers, and our PhD students.
You should be excited to do pioneering research in Robotic Learning and Robotic Scene Understanding
You are driven to investigate how robots can understand and represent the geometry, semantics, and functionality of their surroundings and the task-relevant objects therein; and how robots can use this internal representation and learn to decide or plan their next actions in order to accomplish a useful task in a safe way.
You are excited to investigate:
- the potentials and limitations of new foundation models, large language models and vision-language models in the context of reliable robot learning and understanding
- new representations for a scene (ranging from individual objects to large-scale environments) including implicit representations and scene graphs, that support robotic planning, navigation, and manipulation
- robot learning combining natural language instructions, human demonstrations, and prior knowledge with the semantic representations of the scene
You are willing to explore the applicability of your research in a variety of robotic application domains including service robotics, healthcare, environmental, retail, logistics, autonomous driving, agriculture, but also in adjacent domains such as augmented/mixed reality.
During your previous roles as researcher and PhD student, you have demonstrated expertise and understanding of the foundations of robotics, such as coordinate frames and transforms, navigation, localisation, mapping, SLAM, kinematics, motion models, and control. You are familiar with the mathematical concepts underpinning those foundations, including statistics and probabilistic methods.
You have deep knowledge in computer vision and machine learning, as well as a good understanding of robot learning approaches comprising reinforcement learning and imitation learning. You understand the mathematical and statistical foundations of deep learning. You are driven and excited to constantly learn to understand new techniques and keep up with a quickly evolving field.
You are a prolific user of Python and deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch, and regularly work and develop in Linux. Ideally, you have a working knowledge of ROS.
You should have published in the leading conferences in robotics, computer vision, or machine learning.
The QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR) conducts at-scale world-leading research in intelligent robotics; translates fundamental research into commercial and societal outcomes; is a leader in education, training and development of talent to meet growing demands for expertise in robotics and autonomous systems; and provides leadership in technological policy development and societal debate. Established in 2020, the Centre has been built on the momentum of a decade’s investment in robotic research andtranslation at QUT which has been funded by QUT, ARC, Queensland Government, CRCs and Industry. QCR comprises over 100 researchers and engineers.
QCR researchers collaborate with industry and universities around the world, including MIT, Harvard and Oxford universities, Boeing, Thales, DST, Airservices Australia, CASA, JARUS, TRAFI, Google Deepmind, Google AI, Amazon Robotics, Caterpillar, Rheinmetall, US Air Force, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
We are proud of our beautiful and big modern lab space and research environment. We have a fantastic collection of equipment to support your research, including many mobile robot platforms and robotic arms.
The Centre supports a flexible working environment. We support a diverse and inclusive atmosphere and encourage applications from women, Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people.
About the Visual Learning and Understanding Program
The Research Fellow will be a key member of QCR’s Visual Learning and Understanding Program.
This program investigates the fundamental problem of how a robot can learn to reliably interpret its environment, and build an internal representation of its surroundings in order to decide on its actions. The program addresses research questions such as how machine learning for visual perception can be made safe, trustworthy, and reliable; how robots can understand and represent the geometry, semantics, and functionality of their surroundings and the task-relevant objects therein; and how robots can use this internal representation and learn to decide or plan their next actions in order to accomplish a useful task in a safe way.
Key responsibilities include:
- Contribute to the research in QCR’s Visual Learning and Understanding Program
- Work closely with a team of academics, research fellow, engineers, PhD students and undergraduates
- Co-supervise PhD students and undergraduate students
- Publish in high-quality conferences and journals in robotics, computer vision, machine learning
- Actively participate and contribute to our collaborative culture within the Centre, including visits to Centre partners and joint publications
- Implementing and administering University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety
- Completion of a doctoral qualification in engineering, computer science, or related discipline.
- A well-formulated research agenda and the willingness or demonstrated capability to independently conduct high-quality research.
- Demonstrated ability to publish research outcomes in top conferences or journals in robotics, computer vision, or machine learning.
- Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the foundations of robotics, computer vision, machine learning. Demonstrated proficiency in Python and experience with ROS, deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch, Linux.
- Excellent communiation skills.
Type of Appointment
This appointment will be offered on a fixed term, full-time basis for 12 months with a potential option for extension.
Remuneration and Benefits
This Research Fellow position is classified as Academic Level B (LEVB) which has an annual salary of $104,290 AUD to $123,858 AUD, plus 17% superannuation.
QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions which include but are not limited to:
- Reduced working year scheme
- Parental leave provisions
- Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
- Comprehensive professional development
- Salary Packaging
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