First listed on: 18 May 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship In Text and Social Media Analysis for Mental Well-being

The Opportunity

  • Conduct Innovative Research in Text, Social Media and Statistical Analysis
  • Work with World Class Researchers to Solve the World’s Biggest Challenges
  • Join CSIRO's Data61 - Australia's Largest Data Innovation Group

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. 

The role of the CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Text and Social Media Analysis for Mental Well-being develop algorithms to automatically analyse posts from a mental health forum. This CSIRO Postdoc will have the opportunity to address important preventative health issues for Australians, through innovative research in text, social media and statistical analysis informed by and contributing to theories from psychology.

The postdoc will join a project that is a collaboration between CSIRO Data61, Macquarie University (Departments of Computer Science and Psychology) and CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, bringing together experts from the required different disciplines. An industry partner is also likely to be involved. This project has great potential to contribute with innovative ideas and methods for emotional mental health and wellbeing through text processing and social media analysis, representing a great opportunity to have impact on health outcomes.

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.
  • Developing and evaluating methods and algorithms for identifying and reporting mental health states and emotional journeys through text processing, social media analysis and Time Series Analysis. 
  • Undertaking regular reviews of literature and patents in the appropriate areas (e.g., Social Media Analysis, Text Processing, Time Series Analysis, Data Mining/Machine Learning, and Emotion Regulation/affective science).
  • Engaging with the psychologists in the project to learn relevant models of emotion regulation
  • Possessing the discipline to carry out autonomous research in an interdisciplinary field including Text Processing, Machine Learning, Statistics or Psychology.
  • Producing high-quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.
  • Preparing appropriate conference papers and presenting those at conferences as agreed with your supervisor.

Location: Marsfield, NSW
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 61819

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Computer Science (with a focus on Text Processing), Cognitive Sciences or Psychology (with a focus on emotion regulation), or Statistics (with a focus on Time Series Analysis).
    Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Proven ability to perform analytics on large and noisy data sets (social media) using state-of-the-art technologies.
  • Expertise in natural language processing and machine learning (including deep learning) on social web
  • Demonstrated experience using a mathematical/analytical approach to address real world questions
  • Experience in developing tools by using state-of-the-art programming languages and software practices.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • 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 details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position description

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Flexible Working Arrangements

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. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

Who we are

CSIRO’s Data61 business unit is the largest data innovation group in Australia, bringing together approximately 600 research and development staff working in digital technologies to create benefit for Australia. Data61 develops Australia's future leaders with its strong 300+ PhD student program in collaboration with our best universities across Australia.

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

23:00 AEST 19th June 2019


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