Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering

Sydney, Australia
$97K - $107K p.a. + 17% superannuation
04 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time for 2 years
  • Located on the Darlington Campus at the Faculty of Engineering
  • Base Salary, Level A, $97K - $107K p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Biomedical Engineering and School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Sydney has recently established new research areas in water quality modelling and sensing; water safety and treatment; data science, artificial intelligence or machine learning methods to predict and understand water quality parameters. The Faculty of Engineering has also set up the Digital Sciences Initiative (DSI) to undertake research in both fundamental digital sciences and applied digital technologies. Part of the DSI effort is to drive the Water Resources Data Science for Water Safety in the Faculty of Engineering, a joint effort led by the School of Biomedical Engineering in collaboration with the School of Computer Science, and the School of Electrical Engineering.

We are currently seeking to appoint one Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on areas such as computational data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in water quality prediction and investigation. The successful applicant will also be part of the Sydney Nano, which is a large and diverse Nano-Institute with research strengths in many areas. In addition, we have a strong applied water sensing group working on various aspects of water science research.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will:

  • undertake research or scholarly activity contributing to the project's research agenda under the guidance of the lead investigator
  • contribute to grants writing and publications and other project outputs, including a book, journal articles, professional publications, events, and an exhibition
  • contribute to all research tasks, including data collection, interviews, case studies, development of the experimental protocols and supervising research students
  • actively participate in grant writing seminars/workshops to advance the research program in the group
  • work closely with water industry collaborators to provide support on water sensing device development and integration of device for APP development/machine learning

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in computer science, computer engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, applied physics, physics, civil & environmental engineering, or relevant discipline
  • research strengths in at least two of the following areas: computational water, groundwater, hydrogeology, hydrology, and environmental engineering, predictive machine learning/AI in water environments or a similar area, applied computational science in water stress prediction, monitoring, modelling, and management of water quality, and global multi-pollutant modelling of water quality
  • excellent data analysis and presentation experience
  • experience in publishing in top-tier journals/conferences and research grants writing
  • excellent computer programming or software development skills
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision and as part of a multidisciplinary research team
  • good communication skills (both written and oral).

Applicants who demonstrate the following desirable criteria will be highly regarded:

  • experience with monitoring, modeling, and management of water quality
  • or experience with machine learning/AI in water sensors/devices/hydrogeology
  • or experience with global multi-pollutant modeling of water quality
  • ability to assist researchers from other disciplines as well as work with PhD students within the water sensing research group
  • good organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • comprehensive experience of common online computational software and databases
  • strong general IT skills, including familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and HPC server.

To apply for this position, please prepare the following and attach to your application:

A one page (A4) proposal with your 2 year plan to develop computational/AI models for water resource monitoring and predictions, including any existing data resources, methods and aimed outcomes.

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Pre-employment checks

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EEO statement

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