Associate Director, ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science

Perth, Australia
Mar 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Apr 15, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

3 years fixed-term, full time with the possibility of extension 
Level C with a competitive salary plus 17% superannuation

The Australian Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science is a joint collaboration between Curtin University, The University of Western Australia and CSIRO, and industry partners Alcoa, BHP and Roy Hill, as well as CORE Innovation Hub and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia. The Centre, co-funded by the Australian Research Council through the Industrial Transformation Training Centre scheme, aims to train a new generation of data scientist specialists, equipping them with the skills needed to develop new data science methods for solving complex modelling and optimisation challenges in asset maintenance. This cohort of data scientists will drive an exciting transformation of maintenance practice in the Australian resources industry based on new advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence and optimisation. The Centre involves a team of 20 scientists and engineers at the three research institutes together with practicing engineers and data scientists at the industry partners.

Your new role

A rare opportunity exists for an associate director for the Australian Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science. This new academic position will contribute intellectually to the research programs across the centre as well as provide additional leadership to assist the centre director Professor Andrew Rohl.

You will contribute to at least one of the three research themes in the centre.

  • Supporting the maintainer
  • Supporting the engineer – managing uncertainty
  • Supporting the manager – making decisions

See research themes diagram

The focus of each theme is to develop the tools and solutions necessary to support maintenance tasks across the organisation.

The role will involve

  • Supervising postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows within the Centre
  • Providing leadership across the centre through significant roles on the appropriate governance committees
  • Collaboration with the Centre’s industry partners on project development and delivery
  • Utilising your in-depth leadership knowledge and skills to enable and deliver new scientific discoveries, leading to international publications and practical impact
  • Developing and delivering short courses for industry

This is a unique opportunity to work on real-world problems faced by the Australian resources industry.

You will bring to this role

  • PhD in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or related area
  • A strong track record of publications in high-quality journals, ideally on topics relevant to the Centre’s research programs
  • Demonstrated high-level communication (written and oral) with the ability to engage and present information clearly and informatively to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and contribute to overall team performance and proven ability to meet the Centre’s performance deadlines during the course of the project
  • Leadership experience in inter-disciplinary and/or industry-based research

What we offer you

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements. 

For details of Curtin’s employee benefits please visit

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria, which can be found in the Academic Role Statement. 

Applications close: 5:00 pm, Friday 26 April 2019

How to Apply: To be considered for this role please apply via

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Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Professor Andrew Rohl, Director - Australian Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science

Phone:  +61 8 9266 3124


Please only apply via the attached link.  Please do not send your resume direct to the above contact.


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.