Data Scientist

Hawthorn, Australia
31 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join Swinburne’s Centre for Transformative Innovation
  • Full time, fixed term position until end of 2022 at our Hawthorn campus
  • Academic Level A: $68,355 - $92,055 + 17% superannuation

Conduct innovative research by utilising state of the art data mining, statistical and visualisation techniques to discover important insights.

About the Job

In this exciting role, you could be responsible for identifying exciting opportunities in the main research areas of the Centre of Transformative Innovation. This position will allow you to maintain and develop new professional and industry contacts that will assist in the advancement of University, Higher Education and Faculty Objectives.

In this position, you will be expected to work as a data scientist in a research centre which investigates the economics of innovation and science. You would be expected to manage and maintain servers and database infrastructure, and extract new datasets when required, as well as developing and implementing computational algorithms to clean and harmonise large datasets and form links between datasets.

Finally, you will also be given the opportunity to conduct collaborative research in the Centre for Transformative Innovation research area, based on econometrics/ statistical analyses using large datasets, both within the Centre and University, and with external partners.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Forge strong industry connections, become workplace ready and gain an edge on the competition. Swinburne’s Faculty of Business and Law equips you with the knowledge and skill-set to thrive in the future of business, including the opportunity to conduct impactful research into the changing shape of industry, economy and society.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A PhD in Data Science, Computer Science, Software Development, Statistics, Physics or related computing intensive field
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistical analysis, quantitative analytics, forecasting/ predictive analytics, multivariate testing, data visualisation, pattern recognition, simulation, and algorithm development (machine learning and neutral networks)
  • People skills – The ability to relate well to a variety of people from data science, humanities and social science backgrounds, and understand their data needs. Good oral and written communication skills in dealing with external contacts.
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines and manage competing demands

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Paid parental leave for primary caregivers and secondary caregivers
  • Discounted gym memberships – such as the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC)

For more information on benefits, please visit

How to apply and further information

Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. For further information about this position, contact Beth Webster (Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation) on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5 pm, Wednesday 20th of November, 2019.