Data Scientist

Camperdown, Australia
$104,633 - $113,992 pro rata + 17% superannuation
28 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part time (0.8 FTE 4 days per week) fixed term 12 months (working from home)
  • Opportunity to work on the development of a publicly accessible, real-time database to track developments in digital/internet policy and regulation across multiple countries
  • HEO 7, Base Salary $104,633 - $113,992 pro rata + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Data Scientist works with the International Digital Policy Observatory, a collaboration between USyd, UNSW and UTS, on the development of a publicly accessible, real-time database to track developments in digital/internet policy and regulation across multiple countries, in order to advance the capabilities of Australian regulatory agencies, industry stakeholders and civil society to track and respond to international developments. You will apply, advise in the use of, develop and implement data science algorithms and statistical methods, to support interdisciplinary research opportunities and multistakeholder engagement, involving the use of software tools and data acquisition over Applications Programming Interfaces.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • provide data science support for projects undertaken through the International Digital Policy Observatory on behalf of the research team
  • support activities in the form of software application for data science and open data initiatives in alignment with FAIR Guidelines
  • support the identification and dissemination of research opportunities amongst the research team
  • develop an open software capability of use to industry, policy makers and others engaged in Australian digital policy and regulation.

Working remotely is available for this position.

About you

  • an appreciation of modern data science methods and familiarity with statistical or machine learning techniques
  • an understanding of modern data software and tools, from cloud computing to the many existing commercial products used for data analytics
  • demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise work, sometimes under pressure with competing priorities and sometimes limited supervision
  • demonstrated knowledge of modern data-centric programing languages including one of Python, R, and development languages including one of C++ or Java
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day internal and external operational matters.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

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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Thursday 12 October 2023 11:59 PM