Postdoctoral | Science Digital | Robotics

Date: 18 Sep 2023

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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Life at Data61 and how you can be part of our Science Digital initiative 

CSIRO’s Data61 is at the forefront of digital science and innovation. Data61 is guiding first class novel research as well as working across disciplines and sectors to apply technologies and deliver impact.


Our Science Digital initiative is a rare opportunity to be a part of remaking the process of scientific discovery by enhancing research, development and commercialisation with artificial intelligence.   


From the formation of a hypothesis to the design and running of an experiment, AI can both accelerate and alter the process of inquiry.  


Data61’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group (RASG) has a legacy of over 35 years within the global realm of Field Robotics. We have not only cemented our position within Australia but are recognised as world leaders.! Recently we have showcased our field robotics capabilities by representing the Southern Hemisphere at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge and placed second after a narrow tie-breaker for first place. 


Our ongoing research has produced new techniques for localisation, mapping, multi-agent navigation and situational awareness, providing novel solutions to address problems faced by industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to work with our team, and be responsible for conducting cutting-edge research across various domains such as robot perception and learning, robot-world interaction and navigation in complex environments. To find out more information about our work, visit our website

How we can thrive together to solve Australia's data-driven challenges 

  • Data61 are at the digital and data heart of Australia's national science agency - CSIRO  
  • We have the largest group of digital technology researchers in Australia  
  • A unique opportunity to seamlessly work across disciplinary boundaries and make an impact at a national scale.  

Overview of who we are looking for  

CSIRO aim to recruit a cohort of Science Digital CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral and Engineering Fellowships. These fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate or masters degree and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral or postmasters work experience.


We expect the Science Digital CERC Fellows to learn and grow to become agile researchers by the end of this project. We will embed the Science Digital CERC Fellows into the Data61 Science Digital ecosystem, where they will have a supporting and enriching experience.


We are looking for candidates that are working in the area of human and robotic teaming. If the below sounds like you then please apply now to express your interest!


  • Completed their doctorate or masters degree and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral or postmasters work experience in a relevant discipline area of robotics that may include engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics.
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following domains within Robotics: Robot learning, 3D perception, Soft robotics and/or Navigation. 
  • Competencies using scientific programming languages including C++ or Python and familiarity with machine learning frameworks such as PyTorch or TensorFlow. 
  • Ability to collaborate effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary research team, carrying out research, to achieve organisational goals. 


Location: Brisbane, and Melbourne

Salary: AU$89680 - AU$101459 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 94525


For more information, please reference the attached Position Description


CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society.  

 Who is eligible to express their interest 

To be considered for this role, you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates). The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. 

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

Where to from here! 

If you are interested in Robotics and Autonomous Systems opportunities within Data61’s Science Digital initiative and meet the above candidate requirements, please apply to register your interest! If you prefer to have an informal chat before putting your EOI (Expression of Interest), you can contact Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates, are also welcome to contact our Indigenous Talent lead at for more information.


Who will view my EOI: Data61 Research Directors, Group Leaders and Talent Acquisition are partnering together to review your expression of interest. We are excited to hear from you and will be in touch with you over the coming weeks where there is a potential match to an opportunity that may be your future role! 

Applications Close

23rd October 2023, 11:00pm AEST