CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Inference - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 05 October 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Inference


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in geophysics or applied mathematics?
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of a Common Framework for Inference (CoFI) 
  • Solve complex multi-data and highly non-linear inference problems in this exciting postdoctoral role

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

The CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform and the Australian National University (ANU) have entered into a partnership to establish InLab, short for Inversion Laboratory. A key activity of InLab (www.inlab.edu.au) is the development of CoFI, an envisaged Common Framework for Inference, which seeks to provide industry, academia and government with a framework underpinning training, services and research in the development of inference methods. 

Complex multi-data and highly non-linear inference problems arise when for example combining multiple classes of geophysical observations, and seeking to extract the information contained in complex geo-datasets. Addressing this challenge requires access to the next generation of geodata inference approaches. CoFI seeks to facilitate this by providing domain experts with access to sophisticated geodata inference approaches underpinning resource delineation and characterisation nationally and internationally. The CERC postdoctoral fellow will play a key role in the design, development and rollout of CoFI with a particular focus on compiling, documenting and implementing a set of relevant examples demonstrating the use of CoFI to solve inference problems in the geoscience domain, including but not limited to geology, hydrology, geochemistry and geophysics. 

The successful candidate will be a part of the growing community around InLab that shares a common interest in inference methods and will thus have the opportunity to interact with leading experts in the field, including Prof. Malcolm Sambridge (ANU) and Dr. Andrew Valentine (Durham University).

Your duties will include:

  • Play a key role in the development of CoFI by contributing to the design, development and integration of inference algorithms and the formulation of a relevant example problem set.
  • Actively engage with domain experts to compile a problem set for CoFI that is of relevance to domain experts within CSIRO and the wider community.
  • Interact with the CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform in support of its science goals, for example inference projects centred around latent variables in models and data.
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 

Location:  Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT
Salary:  AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  78588

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Geophysics or Applied Mathematics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • An interest in inference methods, Machine Learning and AI and their application in the geoscience domain.
  • A passion for the development and implementation of complex mathematical concepts and algorithms.
  • A capability to build and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders from a range of backgrounds including industry, education, government and academia to identify, implement and document test problems that will form the set of examples underpinning CoFI.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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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

8 November 2021, 11:00pm AEDT