CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research Facility Monitoring Using Collaborative Intelligence - CSIRO - EducationCareer

First listed on: 20 June 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research Facility Monitoring Using Collaborative Intelligence


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Astrophysics, Machine Learning, or Human-Computer Interfaces?
  • Want to conduct world class research and development with a team of dedicated professionals?
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

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 successful candidate will be embedded in CSIRO’s new Collaborative Intelligence (CINTEL) Future Science Platform (FSP). The 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.

In this specific position, you will work with Australia’s latest radio astronomy national facility, ASKAP. This world-class research telescope array produces wide-field, high-resolution images of the radio sky using 6768 sensors spread over 36 dish antennas, each 12 m in diameter. Custom signal processing hardware operating in a remote outback location extracts key information from the raw data, sending up to 2 GB/s to the Pawsey supercomputing centre in Perth for imaging.

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.
  • Articulating and solving research challenges associated with designing an effective human/computer collaborative workflow in the context of monitoring a large-scale radio astronomy observatory.
  • Building on existing AI diagnostic tools and working with ASKAP operations staff to implement and test a CINTEL workflow under real observing conditions.
  • Carrying out research investigations within a multidisciplinary team, requiring originality, creativity, and innovation, including the planning, design, conduct and quantitative analysis of data.
  • Conducting qualitative inquiry to gather relevant knowledge from a variety of stakeholders and translate findings from both quantitative and qualitative research.

Location: Perth, WA or Sydney, NSW
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 84767

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, Software Engineering, Astrophysics, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interfaces, or similar.  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated research experience in a multidisciplinary team environment, in areas relevant to the broad theme of collaborative intelligence as described previously.
  • Previous experience working in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning techniques.
  • Experience with operational procedures at a major research facility such as an observatory, particle accelerator, space mission operations centre, etc. is very highly regarded, but not essential.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

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. 


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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

20 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST