Research Fellow: Reliable Orbit Determination

at RMIT University

  • Full-time, fixed-term 6-month contracts opportunities based at RMIT Satellite Positioning for Atmosphere, Climate and Environment (SPACE) Research Centre
  • Opportunities to utilise your expertise and skills in astrodynamics, orbit determination and multiple object tracking techniques
  • Combination of research and course teaching activities in this position
  • Report directly to Dr Robert Norman, Senior Research Fellow, SPACE Research Centre
  • Open to Academic Level B (dependent on experiences)
  • Strategically located Melbourne CBD campus with modern, up-to-date working space
  • Competitive salary packaging + 17% superannuation

Position Summary

The aim of this position:

You will be required to manage and deliver high research output for the RMIT SPACE Research Centre specialising in the areas of space debris tracking and satellite orbit determination, and space situational awareness.

As a Research Fellow, you will be expected:

  • To lead the RMIT CRC-SEM research project on state estimation and characterisation for space objects i.e. Reliable Orbit Determination
  • Perform and actively involved in the daily operation of the research work i.e. leading and managing the work on reliable orbit determination as well as documentation, software and algorithm developments
  • Provide high-quality and high-impact research outputs as well as meeting expectations, timelines and budget requirements of this research
  • Guide and oversee higher degree by research students

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with the team in contributing to quality research showcasing research areas outputs publications, development of new research initiatives, and presentation of research findings
  • Conduct and manage research project timelines to meet CRC-SEM research milestones and goals
  • Initiate and contribute in various research development strategies through writing, presentations as well as preparing and submitting competitive research grant proposals
  • Assist in the supervision of higher degree by research candidates (PhD and Masters)
  • Provide coordination and update on research progress with CRC members
  • Contribute 10% of your time to supervise higher degree by research candidates

Skills and Experience Required

  • PhD qualification in Space Engineering, Astrodynamics, Estimation/Filtering or in a related field of study
  • Demonstrated technical competency in the one or more areas such as astrodynamics (orbit and attitude dynamics), reliable orbit determination, satellite object characterisation and tracking & monitoring space objects
  • Competency and solid understanding in state estimation of space objects, dynamics modelling and object characterisation
  • Proven experience in tracking data analysis and processing and problem-solve general aerospace problems effectively
  • Excellent numerical analysis and experience in operating software as well as other software development skills using Matlab, C/C++ or others
  • Ability to manage and plan time effectively and efficiently to conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively across multi-disciplinary team
  • Possess an excellent record and recognition in providing high quality research.
  • Strong verbal communication skills and written skills
  • Passion and ability to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation


Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Be part of RMIT's academic life and attend various events and workshops
  • Free access to RMIT staff gym
  • 2% salary increase each year and annual leave loading of 1.35%
  • MYKI pass discount
  • Additional annual leave To find out more, please visit our website: RMIT Employee Benefits

Our Organisation

The Satellite Positioning for Atmosphere, Climate and Environment (SPACE) Research Centre focuses on the development of platform technologies for space, atmosphere and climate research. The SPACE Centre was launched in November 2010 with funding from the Australian Space Research Program as part of its highly competitive Space Science and Innovation funding stream. As a key partner, the RMIT SPACE was recently successful in a bid to establish an Australian space research centre - Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Space Environment Management (CRC-SEM) to build on Australian and international expertise in measurement, monitoring, analysis and management of space debris and to develop technologies to preserve the space environment. The CRC-SEM consortium consists of three essential research groups; RMIT University, Electro Optics Systems Pty Ltd (EOS) and the Australian National University (ANU). The SPACE Research Centre has a strong collaborative network comprising a wide range of local and international research institutions, industry partners and government organisations. The Centre functions to bring together staff and collaborators with a plenitude of expertise across a variety of topics including; satellite positioning and tracking, Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) meteorology, atmospheric studies, geodesy and surveying. Details information about the RMIT SPACE Research Centre:

To Apply

For further information, please contact Dr Robert Norman on 03 9925 3762 or email or to view the position description, please click on the link and search using job reference number 576703. **Download File PD- 576703_Research Fellow_Reliable Orbit Determination.doc

Applications close on Wednesday 19th June 2019.**

Applicants are requested to upload an updated resume and a cover letter of not more than two pages highlighting the suitability for this position and your achievements. Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check. RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. RMIT was named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in 2018 based on significant progress made in 2017, and Gold Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in recognition of our commitment to celebrating the diverse genders, sexes and sexualities (DGSS) of our community.

Melbourne Victoria Australia

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