Mathematical Modeller/ Data Scientist - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 21 January 2021

Mathematical Modeller/ Data Scientist

  • Provide mathematical & systems modelling capability for critical science initiatives
  • Advance science in transport & logistics; supply chain analysis & benchmarking; supply chain resilience & recovery
  • Join CSIRO, help solve Australia’s greatest scientific challenges!

CSIRO Land and Water is a national and international partnership led by CSIRO and involving leading research providers from the national and global innovation systems. Our expertise addresses Australia’s national challenges and is increasingly supporting developed and developing nations response to complex economic, social, and environmental issues related to water, land, cities, and ecosystems.

The role of Mathematical Modeller / Data Scientist provides innovative science in mathematical and spatial analysis to advance the team activities in transport and logistics; supply chain analysis and benchmarking; supply chain resilience and recovery. The position provides mathematical and systems modelling capability to underpin the science in areas such as Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) (, and provide capability for emerging national and CSIRO priorities including supply chain resilience and benchmarking, food security as well as response and recovery to national disasters.

The position will provide core capability to projects under several L&W and CSIRO impact areas such as: Adapting to Change; Sustainable prosperity for communities in Australia and our region; Northern Australia; National Approach to National Disasters; and Supply chain risk analysis pilot.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in applied mathematical modelling and optimization, multi-criterial data analytics, operations research, statistical analysis, scientific programming, economics and spatial analysis to meet these growing science needs in the national priorities.

Your duties will include:

  • Develop new methods to advance TraNSIT for future applications beyond its current use. This includes new methods for routing of vehicles for other models of transport; models for air and sea freight; new methods for handling big data
  • Develop scientific methods for interfacing TraNSIT outputs with other research. This includes supply/demand elasticity models to better understand impacts of supply chains on food security.
  • Develop computer-based tools for other projects in supply chains, climate and resilience services and other science domains important to the CSIRO strategy.
  • Coding algorithms in programming languages that connect with existing tools/software developed by the team.
  • Conduct high level analysis of data supplied by external stakeholders, as part of project delivery and synthesizing inputs for models.
  • Preparing scientific publications from their research.

Location:  Brisbane, Qld
Salary:  AU$98k – AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Reference:  71450

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD in applied mathematics, engineering, information technology, with working experience in a relevant field.
  2. Demonstrated skills in Mathematical optimisation, statistical analysis, computer-based modelling, supply chains, and programming (e.g. Python) for real world problems.
  3. Experience in the domains of transport, supply chains, energy, water, land management, with demonstrated applications with industry or government.
  4. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to anticipate the interests and knowledge level of an audience and present information and feedback accordingly.
  5. The ability to effectively manage several competing priorities simultaneously, work across multiple science domains in a multi-disciplinary team. Proven ability to investigate underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses by adapting/creating and testing alternative solutions.
  6. Expertise in spatial data analysis and mapping using GIS software, particularly using network analysis in the context of transport and land use is desirable, as is experience in analysing large data sets from a variety of stakeholders and documenting their use.
  7. Australian Citizenship is required in order to obtain a government security clearance.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Baseline level.

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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

3rd February 2021, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT