Research Director, Data61 Business Unit

Victoria, Australia
14 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

CSIRO’s Data61 is the digital technologies and data science arm of Australia’s national science agency. With around 500 staff and another 500 affiliate staff through its network of 30 university partners, Data61 represents one of the largest collections of R&D expertise in artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, robotics, and software engineering in the world. With a focus on impact-driven science and technology, Data61 works across disciplines and industry sectors to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges through digital R&D.

Data61 is now looking for Research Directors to join new Director Professor Jon Whittle’s Leadership Team and oversee, respectively, the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Analytics and Decision Sciences (A&DS) Programs. CPS includes the largest robotics team in Australia and is globally recognized, and has additional strengths in resource-constrained sensing and processing in challenging environments, augmentation of humans with autonomous systems and integrating AI with biological systems. A&DS has a focus on hybrid approaches to analytics and modelling, trusted analytics, and analytics embedded in fields such as climate science, bushfire prediction and agriculture. Both Programs seek to deliver on CSIRO’s mandate for world-class research that provides innovative solutions for industry, government and the community.

The Research Director sets the vision and strategy for Program as well as being responsible for its operation. The successful candidate must be a strategic, collaborative and inclusive science leader who wants to carry out excellent science and solve practical problems with a team of like-minded peers. He or she will work as part of the cohesive and collegial Leadership Team, including other Research Directors, to realise Data61’s vision and work collaboratively with colleagues across CSIRO on developing an agenda for tackling the nation’s greatest challenges.

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For further information about this role contact Patrick Marland and Mazin Almaimani at or call +61 8354 4007.

How to Apply

As part of their application, candidates are requested to provide the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter – outlining the motivation and relevant capabilities and experience you could bring to this role
  • Contact details for three Referees – Referees will only be contacted after prior consultation with the candidate. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that their referees are willing to provide reports when contacted by CSIRO.
  • Date of commencement – An indication of the earliest date on which the candidate could commence in the position.