First listed on: 26 July 2018

Principal Research Scientist in Data Science 

  • Lead statistical and machine learning research projects
  • Use your skills to help with complex datasets for enhanced decision making
  • Join CSIRO's Data61 - Australia's largest data innovation group

The Position

CSIRO’s Data61 is seeking to appoint a principal research scientist to work within their Data-Driven Enterprises Group in the Analytics Program.

As the successful candidate you will contribute to the Group’s goals by leading statistical and machine learning research projects to enhance the Group’s and Data61’s capabilities in these domains.  You will liaise and work with industry and government organisations to help improve their processing of large, complex datasets and inference drawn from the data, so as to enhance decision making.

Find out more by viewing the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position description

Your duties/responsibilities will include:

  • Provide science research leadership in statistics and/or machine learning.
  • Provide project leadership for statistical and/or machine learning projects undertaken with industry partners.
  • Be a senior thought leader that interacts across a number of science domains ensuring the continued connection of research endeavours elsewhere within Data61 and CSIRO 

Location:      Melbourne VIC
Salary:          $131K - $145K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    57778

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as statistics, mathematics or machine learning.
  • Established reputation and credibility in the analysis of large, complex datasets for industry and/or government using statistics and/or machine learning.
  • Demonstrable research leadership in solving complex data analytics problems using advanced statistical and/or machine learning methodology such as Bayesian methods, MCMC, support vector machines, gradient boosting, and deep learning.

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.


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 Balance

How to Apply:  To apply, please provide a CV as well as a cover letter addressing the selection criteria in brief, and upload these as one document. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, Sunday 12 August 2018

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

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