First listed on: 08 January 2021

Research Director - Cyber Physical Systems

  • Are you a strategic, collaborative and inclusive science leader?
  • Set the vision and strategy for the Cyber Physical Systems research program 
  • Join CSIRO's Data61 as the integral member of the leadership team

Data61 is now looking for the Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems to join new Director Professor Jon Whittle’s Leadership Team and oversee the Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Program. CPS includes the largest robotics team in Australia, which is globally recognised, and has additional strengths in resource-constrained sensing and processing in challenging environments, augmentation of humans with autonomous systems and integrating AI with biological systems. The program seeks to deliver on CSIRO’s mandate for world-class research that provides innovative solutions for industry, government and the community.

The Research Director sets the vision and strategy for the CPS Program as well as being responsible for its operation.  The successful candidate must be a strategic, collaborative and inclusive science leader who wants to carry out excellent science and solve practical problems with a team of like-minded peers. They will work as part of a cohesive and collegiate Leadership Team, including other Research Directors, to realise Data61’s vision and work collaboratively with colleagues across CSIRO on developing an agenda for tackling the nation’s greatest challenges.

For more information about Data61 Cyber Physical Systems, please visit:

Your duties will include:

Impact Science Leadership

  • Build on team success, review and implement the Data61 Cyber Physical System (CPS) research program’s strategic plan
  • Lead the CPS program to develop and realise its science vision in partnership with stakeholders and science partners

Capability Leadership

  • Communicate the Program’s vision to inspire staff and sustain and nurture awareness of Data61’s science quality and impact in the broader Australian community
  • Attract, develop and retain world class talent which meets current and future needs, in the short and longer term

Engagement and Partnerships

  • In consultation with research partners and end users, develop a roadmap for a deeper and more effective national partnership across industry and government
  • Build strategic relationships within the organisation to execute CSIRO and Data61 strategy, including fostering mobility and cross-deployment of staff, and developing productive relationships

Resource Leadership

  • Lead and manage the Program’s financial resources, people, infrastructure and other assets to ensure their effective, sustainable and efficient use
  • Ensure best practice governance and management of commercial activities and intellectual property in the Program

Location: Negotiable – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Canberra
Salary: Attractive salary package is negotiable
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 68981

To be considered you will need:

Essential Criteria:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research leadership experience in a relevant data/digital science discipline, such as robotics, computer vision, autonomous systems.
  • Evidence of an ability to strategically develop programs and opportunities that respond to national and global research challenges, drawing from knowledge in at least one of the following domains:
    • robotics and autonomous systems
    • imaging and computer vision
    • distributed and mobile sensing, internet of things
    • artificial intelligence combined with biological entities (e.g., human-machine collaboration, applications in animal and plant monitoring)
  • Evidence of successful development and leadership of a pipeline and portfolio of science, research and innovation on a national and international scale
  • Evidence of strong industry and/or government engagement and strategic relationship management that grows new impact opportunities and supports positive and sustainable commercial outcomes

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


  • The successful candidate will be required to undertake domestic and international travel as required
  • The successful candidate will be asked to obtain and provide evidence of a National Police Check or equivalent. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically deemed ineligible. Each application will be considered on its merits.

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

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


At CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

CSIRO's Data61 is the data and digital specialist arm of CSIRO. We are creating Australia's data-driven future.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

CSIRO has appointed Perrett Laver to assist us with this senior position and all applications should be sent directly to

Applications Close

Friday 5th February 2021, 11pm AEDT

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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