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Postdoctoral Fellowship - Software Development, Quantfying Uncertainty in Agriculture

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  • Do you want to make a difference?
  • Develop software to quantify and visualise uncertainity in complex agricultural systems 
  • Join CSIRO’s Future Science Platform in Data61 and make an impact


    As a Postdoctoral Fellow you will will be integral in the development of an “uncertainty toolbox” for quantifying, visualising and communicating uncertainty for improved decision making in complex agricultural systems..The development of the “Digiscape Uncertainty Toolbox” is driven by the need to better quantify predictions and forecasts of agricultural systems in space and time given a range of very large and complex datasets (remote sensing, sensor network data, farm production data, meteorological data) and under a range of modelling paradigms (e.g. deterministic/stochastic, multivariate/univariate).   


    Specifically you will:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Work with CSIRO scientists within the project team and across the Digiscape FSP to develop relevant software components for the uncertainty toolbox. This will involve:
    • Development of fast and efficient algorithms for statistical/machine learning/data mining approaches that can work on high performance computers so that methods can work with large volumes of data and computationally demanding scientific models.
    • Create static and dynamic visualisations of scientific data, model output and uncertainties quantified from the models.
    • Assist in the development of front end Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs) to the uncertainty toolbox to facilitate ease of use of the software by end users.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.
  • Contribute to commercialisation efforts.
  • Prepare appropriate conference papers and present those at conferences as agreed with your supervisor.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
  • Make a contribution to the effective functioning of the research team and help deliver CSIRO’s organisational objectives and plans.


Location: Canberra, ACT Australia

Salary: $78k to $88k plus up to 15.4% super

Reference: 29501

Term: 3 years


To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD in Computer Science, Statistics/Mathematics or Machine Learning with a computing major.
  • A strong background in the development of statistical, machine learning and/or datamining theory and algorithms for solving important large and complex problems.
  • Demonstrated conceptual and practical knowledge and skills operating with large datasets, particularly focussed on developing fast and efficient algorithms that can potentially be parallelised on high performance computing environments and served on the web using at least one of the following: Java, Python, C/C++ or R.
  • High levels of oral and written communication and ability to represent the team at national and international conferences
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi—disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team and the motivation to carry out tasks autonomously.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity and a willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches to support scientific investigations..



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About the Future Science Platforms and Digispace

Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are a major new CSIRO initiative and are multi-year investments in frontier science that will help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. In the future Australia's agriculture.

Digiscape is the FSP that is creating next-generation decision tools to transform the agriculture and land management sector. To achieve this aim, Digiscape will bring to bear cutting edge climate science; new sources of locally and remotely sensed data; informatics for agro-ecosystems; rigorous analysis of uncertainties; and innovation in both the ICT and social dimensions of systems integration.


About Australia

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