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Job no: 0044519
Work type: Fixed Term, Continuing
Location: Parkville

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Melbourne School of Engineering

Salary: $69,148* - $93,830 p.a. (Level A) (*PhD entry Level A.6 $87,415 p.a.) plus 9.5% superannuation

The research fellow will join a team of academic staff and postgraduate students working on problems related to the control and calibration of diesel engines. The team maintains a longstanding partnership with Toyota Motor Company in this area.

This position is available for 2 years and will be reviewed at the end of this period.

The aim of the research is to explore and develop novel algorithms that are implementable in real-time to improve the fuel economy and emissions of diesel engines. Given the constraints present in the system, much of the work to date has focused on the development of model predictive control designs. One of the challenges in implementation of these controllers is the calibration to achieve the appropriate level of performance under different legislated limits and consumer demands for different markets. We intend to develop methods (based on a combination of machine learning and traditional optimisation methods) that can partially automate the calibration process for these advanced controller designs, leading ultimately to faster calibration of better performing engine controllers.

The research fellow must have a background in engineering or applied mathematics, with demonstrated expertise in modelling and control of dynamical systems and numerical optimisation. Experience with at least one of model predictive control; engine modelling and control; machine learning; and implementation of controllers on real systems is essential – while some background in more than one of these areas is highly desirable.

The research fellow will be located in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering and will be expected to be an active member of the Department, collaborating with other researchers and engineers internally and externally. In addition to preparing technical reports, research publications, and computer simulations, the research fellow may also have the opportunity to undertake teaching and student supervision is areas directly related to their research.

The Melbourne School of Engineering is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

The University plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this the School is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce across engineering disciplines. Under a Special Measure, under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) the School is seeking to lift the representation of women from 20% in 2014 to at least 25% over the next 5 years, and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

Close date: 31 Jan 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria

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