Research Fellow, Statistical Learning, Multivariate and High-dimensional Data

Perth, Australia
19 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Great opportunity for motivated researcher who holds a PhD in statistics, data science or similar with strong statistics and computing experience looking to advance their career   
  • Fixed term appointment for three years at full time basis
  • Salary range: Level B, $98,526 - $116,792 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences encompasses three Schools – the School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing, the School of Engineering, and the Oceans Graduate School.

The Faculty has an international reputation for excellence in research and its research teams benefit from global partnerships with industry, attracting research income of more than $27 million a year – well above the national average. With cross-disciplinary research groups, the Faculty offers a creative and innovative research environment. The Faculty seeks to promote teaching excellence and to embrace the latest forms of effective educational delivery, and produce graduates with skill sets that promote flexibility and recognise the need for life-long learning.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing is renowned for its research and teaching in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and data science. The Statistics section has seven full-time staff engaged in research and teaching, and includes the director of the Centre for Applied Statistics that employs a number of contract staff in statistics. The academic staff in Statistics are collaborating on interdisciplinary research in engineering, medicine, biology/biochemistry, public health, oceans research, astronomy and mathematics education and currently supervise or co-supervise more than 10 PhD students.  Our statistics seminar series brings together statisticians from across different disciplines at UWA including PhD students and post-docs.

Statistics has developed strong links with Computer Science and is establishing a joint major for the combined computer science/statistics undergraduate degree in Data Science, as well as increasing statistics courses in the joint Master in Data Science. 

About the opportunity

As the successful appointee, you will have the opportunity to perform research in statistical learning and analyse multivariate and high-dimensional data. You will be involved in but not limited to developing statistical learning approaches in some of these areas: classification and clustering, dimension reduction, feature selection and sparsity, etc. You will be responsible for applying statistical theory and methods to different domains which may include functional data such as proteomics mass spectrometry imaging or fMRI imaging, and complex multivariate data from astronomy. You will take responsibility for developing computer programs which test and implement these approaches on real and simulated data.

You will also present research outcomes by writing and publishing journal articles and giving presentations at conferences, as well as supervise Honours students and co-supervise postgraduate research students on projects related to your research.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in statistics, data science or similar.
  • Good knowledge of multivariate statistical theory and a familiarity with approaches used in statistical learning
  • Extensive experience with software development (eg. R, Matlab, python or similar).
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

About you

With your strong computing experience, you will be a passionate researcher driven to conduct high quality and high impact research, publish results in peer-reviewed journal and present results at conferences. Under limited supervision, you will have initiative to consult and collaborate with experts within the different application domains and contribute to report and grant writing. You will have a collegiate attitude with proven ability to work effectively in a team and with diverse groups both internally with different Schools, Faculties as well as externally with industry and government personnel.

Closing date: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.

UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).