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Research Scientist in Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval

Date: 20-Jan-2023

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!
  • Flexible work arrangements! Mix of home and office.
  • Collaborative, flexible, innovative workplace that values you and your career development


The role of Research Scientist Staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.

The Language and Social Computing (LASC) team is looking for a research scientist/engineer (CSOF5) to join their team of natural language processing (NLP) researchers and engineers. As part of this role, you will be developing state-of-the-art AI technology based on the latest NLP techniques to help the team in different projects.

This applied research position will focus on Natural Language Processing (NLP), Information Retrieval (IR) and Machine Learning (ML).  The successful candidate will be situated within the Language and Social Computing (LASC) team.


The team works on a diverse range of language technology application areas, such as information extraction, knowledge graph construction, information retrieval, dialogue and neural text generation.


The successful candidate will work on NLP problems, ultimately having an impact through real-world applications as well as through publication.  The proposed role will focus on the delivery of solutions to industry-related projects, aligned with the team’s strategic research in developing a knowledge discovery and text analytics platform.   

Your duties will include:

  • Research and development of natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval (IR) and machine learning (ML) methods.
  • Develop state-of-the-art and novel algorithms in NLP and IR in research areas of interest such as information extraction, knowledge graph algorithms, or neural text generation and editing.
  • Conduct ML/NLP/IR experiments.
  • Prepare data sets for use with ML methods.
  • Document results through scientific publication.
  • Develop prototypes that can be utilised in deliverables to potential clients. 


Location: Sydney, NSW

Salary: AU $105,806– AU $114,500 per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 75141

To be considered you will need:

  • A Masters or PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) or Information Retrieval (IR).
  • Hands on experience using deep-learning methods (such as current neural network approaches for NLP) and tools (such as Tensorflow/PyTorch) on textual data.
  • Hands on experience using Python for NLP and/or IR applications.
  • Experience in software engineering best-practice for research software.
  • A track record of publishing in NLP and/or IR in prominent conferences and journals, for example, ACL or SIGIR.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following areas: neural text generation and sequence-to-sequence methods; sequence labelling and information extraction methods (such as named entity recognition, relationship extraction) using state-of-the-art machine learning-based approaches; and NLP and graph processing.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. 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. 

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

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

20th February 2023, 11:00pm AEST