First listed on: 26 October 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-Task Learning


The Opportunity

  • Keen to utilise your skills to help develop digital/data transformation for agriculture?
  • Work with a wide range of researchers to develop new machine learning methods such as Graph Neural Network (GNN) for environmental management
  • Be part of our joint CSIRO Data61 and Agriculture and Food shared strategy project in this exciting postdoctoral fellowship role

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

The CSIRO Data61 and Agriculture and Food business units are recently established a new 3-year shared strategy project to develop digital/data transformation for agriculture. As a member of this multidisciplinary team, you will work with CSIRO scientists, engineers and collaborate with national and international university partners to develop new machine learning and artificial intelligence methods that have general applicability for decision making in environmental management.  

The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with leading scientists in the Data61 machine learning and data analytics and the Agriculture and Food business unit, developing fundamental and transformative algorithms and workflows for multiple actors landscape management. Your research will focus on machine learning algorithms such as graph neural networks that combine multiple data sources with domain knowledge and constraints to capture dynamic interactions between multiple actors and predict probability of outcomes given all the variables. The successful candidate will work within national and international settings and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing generalised methods for automating data analysis to address the lack of labelled data, data sparsity, uncertainty, and data integrations given the diversity of data types and scales.
  • Implementing these methods efficiently using programming tools such as TensorFlow and PyTorch on high-performance computing systems.
  • Publishing results in relevant international scientific venues (high-level journals and conferences).
  • Evaluating the developed software to demonstrate its competitiveness and fitness for purpose, taking responsibility for functionality, performance, and robustness.
  • Interpreting and presenting research findings in artificial intelligence and machine learning to research scientists and practitioners from a wide range of other scientific areas.

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 75541

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, computer science, statistics, data analytics, applied mathematics or applied physics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Solid knowledge of machine learning, artificial intelligence and statistics, and the ability to understand and develop mathematically-founded machine learning algorithms and their development in toolkits such as TensorFlow or PyTorch.
  • A sound history of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research.
  • Knowledge of Python, C++ or equivalent.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to for role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by early 2022.

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. 


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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

30 November 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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