IWF Research Fellow/Fellow, School of Cybernetics

Canberra, Australia
Apr 08, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 09, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: ANU Academic Level B to C
Salary package: $99,809 - $133,202 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed-term (3 years)

The Australian National University's new Institute for Water Futures (IWF) and the School of Cybernetics are seeking an exceptional team member to support the design and delivery of innovative, interdisciplinary, outwardly focused programs blending education, research and engagement in the area of water futures. We are looking for candidates with well-honed collaboration, communication, creative, conceptual and analytical skills, as well as a passion for water in relation to future technologies, environments and societies. Our ideal candidate will have the confidence and ability to help establish the cybernetics components of the IWF, develop new research to drive innovative external educational offerings, and collaborate across the School of Cybernetics, the Institute for Water Futures and with external industry, government and community partners.

Institutional overview 

The Australian National University (ANU) made a major and on-going investment in water research through its National Institutes Grant to establish the Institute for Water Futures (IWF). The IWF brings together researchers from across sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering and public policy within the ANU and has established research partnerships with state and federal water agencies, such as Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), and other research organisations. The IWF mission is to support sustainable water futures and to identify transformative, innovative and robust strategies to resolve the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

This position is located in the new School of Cybernetics, within the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) seeks to bring people from a range of backgrounds and lived experiences from around the world to help create a more sustainable, responsible and safe world. We are a community of people who know how to ask the right questions to solve and resolve the world’s greatest challenges.

The School of Cybernetics is a new organisation building upon the foundational work of the 3A Institute under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell. Our mission is to create a new branch of engineering to help take AI-enabled cyber-physical systems safely, sustainably and responsibly to scale.

The School has four focus areas: the 3A Institute, Strategy, Systems and Design. Each of these areas are establishing programs that blend education, research and engagement to create a new generation of practitioners who are custom-fit for the middle of the 21st century.

Position overview

This is not a typical academic position. Across the Institute for Water Futures and the School of Cybernetics, we are looking for a broad range of innovators, practitioners and professionals, from all kinds of industries, to work with us to create something new. We are transcending disciplinary boundaries, teaming up brilliant people from different backgrounds who can work collaboratively and creatively to imagine and build safe, sustainable and responsible water futures.

This position is a 3-year fixed-term appointment to contribute to the work program of the Institute for Water Futures and collaboratively designing, driving and sustaining a program of strategic activities that will launch the new School of Cybernetics. We welcome a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-academic career paths, who may have taken a career break or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia.

For more information, please contact Professor Katherine Daniell  T: +61 2 612 51464, E: katherine.daniell@anu.edu.au

Closing Date: 9 May 2021

Position Description: Download FilePosition Description - IWF B.C (1).pdf

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion, gender or other identity attributes. The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and candidates with diverse gender identities. Furthermore, it is policy in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science to require selection panels to seek a gender balance when compiling shortlists of candidates for interview. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion

The ANU provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, please visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources

Application information

Applicants must apply online via the ANU recruitment portal and should upload the following separate documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae or resume outlining appropriate outputs in industry, government or academic environments. This could include a list of publications, creative works, media or software. 
  • The names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV or resume does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. 
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria that clearly identifies which position you are applying for. 
  • A short statement about your connection to “Water Futures and Cybernetics”, in a format of your choosing (max 1 page statement or visual OR max 2-minute audio/video piece) 
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for this position.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.