Postdoctoral Research Associate in Business Analytics

Sydney, Australia
13 Feb 2019
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13 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join a highly successful, collaborative, supportive and engaged team
  • Work on data mining and machine learning problems of real-world impact
  • Full-time, Fixed Term 2 years, Academic Level A, Salary $92K-$98K plus leave loading and generous superannuation

About the opportunity 

With an enormous growth of network data, network analytics has emerged as a key technique to understand complex data and their relationships across various disciplines, such as information science, sociology, finance, economics, and so forth. Network data takes forms of social networks, communication networks, financial networks, organisational networks, generated from all aspects of today’s social and economic organisations. Network data can also be constructed from text, time series, activity logs, and many other types of data. Therefore, their potential applications are vast and include understanding flows of information and influence within organisations, supply chains and financial markets.

The Business Analytics Research Group at the University of Sydney offers an exciting opportunity for a highly self-motivated postdoctoral researcher to help develop the next generation of machine learning algorithms for complex network data. We are currently investigating new theoretical foundations and building new methodologies for representing, modelling, and analysing networks that are scalable, adaptive, and applicable to a wide range of network analytic tasks. We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in machine learning, data mining, statistical learning, deep learning with highly structured data, and network analysis. The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to the wider research community by publishing high quality research outcomes in top machine learning and data mining venues, as well as contribute to solving real-world projects and finding solutions to some of the most challenging technical problems, in close collaboration with Data61 -- the Australia’s largest data innovation group.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

As the successful applicant you will have:

  • a completed (or nearly completed) PhD in a relevant field
  • demonstrated ability to achieve research outcomes and publish in high quality international refereed conferences and journals.
  • strong mathematical background
  • an ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • excellent communication and problem-solving skills.

There are also desirable criteria for appointment

About us

The Discipline of Business Analytics is one of the foremost groups in Australia undertaking research in Data Science, Machine Learning, Operations Research and Statistics with applications to business problems. The discipline has research strengths in the areas of forecasting, Bayesian statistics, deep learning, optimisation, network analysis and econometrics. To further strengthen the machine learning capability of our research group, we are open to appointing researchers specialized in machine learning and data mining, with a focus on deep learning and graph algorithms over large-scale networks.

Our University of Sydney Business School came into being in 2011 as a result of reorganisation of the Faculty of Economics and Business. We have AACSB accreditation for both our business and accounting programs, and EQUIS accreditation through EFMD, the European Foundation for Management Development. Our business school is the only Australian member school of CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education, and we are committed to high quality research which is both rigorous and relevant.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 230/0219F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 13 March 2019 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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