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Behavioural Scientist for Human Machine Teaming

Date: 14-Jun-2022

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU Canberra, ACT, AU Hobart, TAS, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

As a digital behavioural scientist you will have the opportunity to contribute to an exciting range of research projects through the Analytics & Decisions Sciences program within CSIRO's Data61. With humans and machines becoming ever more closely intertwined, there is an urgent need for new research, and research methods, to understand and guide human-machine relationships. This position will apply behavioural science to inform the design of technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), that complements human abilities and addresses user needs. 


As a research scientist in CSIRO’s Data61 you will be fluent in data handling and analysis, human-centred research methods and working with human participants. Your tasks will include literature reviews, experimental design, data handling, statistical analysis, paper and report writing. You will also contribute to engaging with clients to deliver existing and develop new projects. 

Your duties will include

  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for client satisfaction. 
  • Under limited direction, assist in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation. 
  • Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and/or write scientific papers for publication.  
  • Address problems promptly and in a constructive manner, selecting the most profitable lines of attack upon a problem, preparing detailed design proposals and experimental protocols. 
  • Undertake in experimental and/or observational research activities, often requiring the supervision and/or training of others to ensure experiments are established in accordance with research design, or as required. 
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience, recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines. 
  • Manage sensitive data appropriately

Location: Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne or Sydney (by negotiation)

Salary: AU$102,724 to AU$106,947 pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 84954

To be considered you will need


  • Relevant postgraduate degree or equivalent relevant work experience in behavioural sciences or a related discipline (including psychology, human factors etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability in data analysis or statistical modelling 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, and carry out research projects autonomously
  • Track record of novel applied behavioural research related to digital technology and scholarly publishing
  • Experience in conducting research studies involving human participants



  • Experience in human-computer interaction (HCI) or similar
  • Experience in using R or Python (or similar) for data analysis
  • Familiarity with machine learning and/or artificial intelligence methods
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methods


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

17th July 2022, 11:00pm AEST