Job Opportunity: 3-year Postdoc on building trusted AI for environmental decisions

The Conservation Decisions Team (CSIRO) is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic postdoctoral research fellow to work on developing AI specifically designed to deliver interpretable and explainable solutions to environmental decision problems. Applications are due October 31, 2018.

Date published: 2018/10/11

Location: Dutton Park, Brisbane, Queensland

Salary range: AU $82k to AU $93k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of up to 3 years

Job ref: 58774

The Position:

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Postdoctoral Fellow to work on developing AI specifically designed to deliver interpretable and explainable solutions to environmental decision problems. The Postdoctoral Fellow will join the Conservation Decisions team led by Dr. Iadine Chades (primary supervisor) and will be co-supervised by Dr. Andy Reeson (CSIRO, Data 61) and Prof Tom Dietterich (Oregon State University).

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.
  • Develop AI algorithms that provide explainable, interpretable and trusted solutions to solve environmental decision problems in human-operated systems.
  • Test performance of algorithms in human-operated systems.

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a Ph.D.) in a relevant discipline area, such as Ecological modeling, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), Applied Mathematics, Operation Research, and Economics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
  • Demonstrated research achievement in one of the following: decision theory, optimisation, artificial intelligence or ecological modeling.
  • Enthusiasm for applying advanced computational and decision theoretic tools to environmental problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate research characterised by originality, creativity, and innovation. Publish the findings from research in international peer reviewed journals and/or selective conference proceedings.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here:


Position Details

About Us

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians, and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Find out more at Balance.

How to Apply 

The online application can be found here. Please provide enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the assessment panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter. Read more about the position background here

Applications Close: 10:59pm AEDT, 31 October 2018.