First listed on: 11 December 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Machine Learning for Soft Robotic Design


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in machine learning, computational design, computing, soft robotics, physics or mathematics?
  • Generate cutting edge- machine learning techniques
  • Join our diverse and highly collaborative Data61 project team for this exciting postdoctoral 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 CERC Fellow will join a diverse and highly collaborative project team spanning research, academia, and industry.  They will generate cutting-edge machine learning techniques to computationally design and establish a new breed of hyper-capable bespoke soft robotic grippers.  The grippers will be targeted to a range of agricultural tasks including the harvesting and handling of fresh produce. The CERC Fellow will be supported by our 3D printing and physics-based modelling capabilities.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing and applying machine learning methods to generate novel soft robotic manipulator designs.
  • Integrating these computational design frameworks with experimental and model-based performance assessment.
  • Deploying and testing the novel grippers in real agricultural scenarios (in the field) through our external partners.
  • Collaborating with experimentalists to validate the predictions of models.
  • Publishing research outcomes in high impact journals and present at leading international conferences.

Location: Pullenvale, Brisbane, Queensland
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 79436

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, computational design, computing, soft robotics, physics or mathematics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in machine learning or computational design.
  • Ability to program in Python, C++, or a similar language.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this 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 30 June 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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