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Job no: 0043014
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville

School of Electrical, Mechanical Infrastructure Engineering
Melbourne School of Engineering

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

About University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, holding the number 1 spot in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time and we’re empowered to build a better world for us all to live in.

About Melbourne School of Engineering
Step into our world and discover an innovative Engineering School united by passion, excellence and collaboration. With a clear growth strategy and upward trajectory in place, we’re bringing this to life by partnering with leading businesses, industries and the government. This gives us the confidence to explore new territories, push the boundaries, build state-of-the art campuses and lead our School down exciting paths.

The Opportunity
The research fellow will have a solid background in applied mathematics (or equivalent) and is sought to conduct mathematical systems theory research in the area of optimal control for continuous time nonlinear dynamical systems, with an emphasis on the development of new theory and computationally efficient methods arising from the analysis and application of Pontryagin’s minimum principle, dynamic programming and Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman partial differential equations.

Your profile:
• A PhD in Applied Mathematics or Electrical Engineering, or equivalent.
• A proven track record in quality research commensurate with experience, as evidenced by research publications in the top systems theory journals and conferences.
• Solid working knowledge of optimal control theory, including Pontryagin’s minimum principle, dynamic programming, and/or Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman partial differential equations.
• An understanding of functional analysis.
• Exposure to abstract algebra, convex analysis, optimization, and / or the development of numerical methods is desirable.

Additional Information:
The successful candidate will be affliated with the Control and Signal Processing Laboratory in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and will report to Associate Professor Peter Dower.

How to Apply:
Your application should include a Cover Letter and Resume.

With your application, we ask that you briefly outline your experience against the selection criteria in the position description (one page only).

For further information about this incredible opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Peter Dower on +61 3 8344 6711 or

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This is a re-advertised position. Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Close date: 29 Oct 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria

Download File 0043014_10 Sept 2018 .pdf

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