First listed on: 18 January 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Collaborative Intelligence for Human-Robot Teams


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in computer science, user modelling, human-robot teaming, human-computer interaction, data science or cognitive science?
  • Keen to work with the best in the field to re-think how to partner human and machine intelligence in symbiotic relationships?
  • Work with a multidisciplinary research team across CSIRO and Monash University in 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.

This role will be embedded in CSIRO’s new Collaborative Intelligence (CINTEL) Future Science Platform (FSP). Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. There is growing acknowledgement that the best results ensue when humans work collaboratively with machines in both physical and virtual/digital worlds. The Collaborative Intelligence (CINTEL) FSP will develop the science that enables human intelligence and technology to work harmoniously together across multiple domains, exceeding the performance of either alone.

The CINTEL FSP is about exploring “collaborative intelligence” and developing the science required to achieve it, leading to greater adoption and effective use of technology, enhanced productivity, and safety. It will also explore how people and machines work and learn together, while ensuring meaningful and rewarding work for people, where machines augment rather than substitute human intellect. Achieving this will require an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together experts in social science, engineering and computer science, with domain expertise in the areas in which collaborative intelligence is to be deployed.

The emphasis will be on research at the cutting edge of an emerging field to explore how to work with machines to boost human capabilities, enhance human decision making and performance, and build human trust in machines.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary research team across CSIRO and Monash University to develop advanced types of Situational Awareness (SA) for CSIRO’s prizewinning DARPA SubT human-robot team (  The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to work with our SubT team, who recently beat an array of world-renowned robotics groups and took home second place, and a $1M prize, at the DARPA SubT challenge finals.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research, including performing systematic literature surveys of research relevant to the field.
  • Carrying out research investigations within a multidisciplinary team, requiring originality, creativity and innovation, working with the DARPA SubT project team to develop and deploy algorithmic frameworks for dynamic situational awareness.
  • Producing high quality research publications and publish in various high-profile venues.

Location: Pullenvale, Queensland
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 79553

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Computer Science, User Modelling, Human-Robot Teaming, Human-Computer Interaction, Data Science, or Cognitive Science. 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 with a modern programming language (C++ or Python preferred).
  • Demonstrated research experience in one or more areas related to the project, e.g., human-computer interaction, user modelling, cognitive modelling, human-robot teaming.
  • 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 top 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


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and be able to commence in the role by May 2022. 

Flexible Working Arrangements

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Diversity and Inclusion

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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

17 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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