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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in MLAI FSP: Spatiotemporal Learning

Date: 01-Jun-2021

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Work with world-leading machine learning/artificial intelligence scientists
  • Apply your knowledge to exciting challenges in spatiotemporal learning
  • Join the CSIRO MLAI Future Science Platform (MLAI FSP)


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


In this position you will you will form an integral part of the CSIRO Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Future Science Platform (MLAI FSP). As a successful candidate, you will develop new machine learning and artificial intelligence methods with general applicability for spatiotemporal datasets.  You will be able to apply your expertise to an exciting challenge in the Mineral Resources Business Unit and help discover new resources needed for Australia's sustainable development. You will also have the opportunity to work with other members of the MLAI FSP Platform on projects ranging across multiple science research areas. You will focus on the advancement and development of artificial intelligence methods and tools to improve the generalisation and transferability of algorithms that address large, complex, multilayered datasets. Together with the team, you will solve challenges in data uncertainty, sparsity and unlabelled data advancing the use of weakly-, self-, or semi-supervised learning. 

Your duties will include:

  • Developing generalised methods for automating spatiotemporal data analysis to address the lack of labelled data, data sparsity, uncertainty, and data integration given the diversity of data types and scales.
  • Implementing these methods efficiently using programming tools such as TensorFlow and PyTorch on high-performance computing systems.
  • Evaluating the developed software to demonstrate its competitiveness and fitness for purpose, taking responsibility for functionality, performance, and robustness.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.


Location:   Brisbane preferred, other sites considered

Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  74201

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, computer science, statistics, data analytics, applied mathematics or applied physics.  Please note: To be eligible for this role, you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • A sound history of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • Solid knowledge of machine learning, artificial intelligence and statistics, and the ability to understand and develop mathematically-founded machine learning algorithms and their development in toolkits such as TensorFlow or PyTorch.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research.
  • Knowledge of Python, C++ or equivalent.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.


Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by September 2021.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

2 July 2021, 11:00pm AEST