Postdoctoral | Science Digital | Software Engineering

Date: 18 Sep 2023

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

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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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 
  • Working collaboratively with 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! 


This is a fantastic opportunity if you aspire to work at the forefront of Australia’s cutting-edge research and technologies within the field of Software Engineering for Artificial Intelligence. 


These opportunities will also suit you if you desire to see your contributions make a meaningful positive impact across our nation

The opportunities that we are offering

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.     


Location: All Capital Cities (Australia)

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 94524

Life at Data61 and how you can be part of our Digital Science 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 is  mastering the research and application of Artificial Intelligence capability across Australia to grow our economy, solve problems and improve our quality of life. You will be joining us at an exciting time where we have recently partnered with the Australian Government to establish a National AI Centre and formulate AI Ethical frameworks and foundations. As part of this journey, you will significantly contribute to the development of innovative ideas, empirical studies, collaborative projects, methods, and technologies in software engineering for AI-based systems including Responsible AI.


We are committed to continuously building a diverse, inclusive and flexible working environment where all our people are supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.  

About You

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’re interested in hearing from people who can demonstrate the following: 

  • Capability within software engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data management and analytics, ethics, risk management, governance, blockchain or human-centered computing. 
  • Completed their doctorate or masters degree and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral or postmasters work experience in a relevant field such as software engineering or computer science. 
  • Ability to use software engineering methods in the context of Responsible AI or responsible technologies. 
  • Research experience in one of more of the following software engineering sub-fields: 
    • Software architecture and quality, requirements engineering, software development processes or empirical software engineering.  


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 Software Engineering for Artificial Intelligence 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 in 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