CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Collaborative Intelligence - Cybersecurity

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Sydney, Australia

Job posting number: #7087275 (Ref:cj_78581)

Posted: October 18, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as Computer Science, Social Science, Behavioural Science or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to develop the science that enables human intelligence and technology to work together across multiple domains 
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation! 


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the collaborative intelligence (CINTEL) Future Science Platform (FSP) that will develop the science that enables human intelligence and technology to work together across multiple domains, driving sustainable productivity growth and improving both the quantity and quality of jobs for human workers. The CERC postdoctoral fellow will develop tools and processes required to integrate artificial and human intelligence and produce a general-purpose technology which could have a transformative impact across a wide range of industries and domains.

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct research on human-machine collaboration to support collaborative surveillance in Security Operations Centres (SOCs) with the aim of addressing “alert fatigue”.  With cyber security risks increasing daily, security analysts at SOC need to be effective in prioritising alerts to ensure that critical security issues are identified and addressed promptly. However, identifying critical alerts in a SOC is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack when it is moving at fibre-optic speed. 

The research question that this project will address is how the humans and AI components can collaborate with each other, getting to the appropriate prioritisation and action, without the cognitive overload and attention loss. The AI needs to assist with prioritisation of alerts, provide rationales for the prioritisation, and provide appropriate visualisations. The human expert needs to inject knowledge to help with the prioritisation. The resulting human-AI symbiosis will not only lead to improved SOC productivity but also ease the emotional toll on cybersecurity analysts.  The developed solutions will be applicable to any application domain that has a command-and-control-centre with situation awareness.  

Your duties will include:

  • Work with CSIRO scientists, engineers and other postdoctoral fellows within the larger Future Science Platform – Collaborative Intelligence.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals.
  • Prepare appropriate conference papers and present those at conferences as agreed with supervisor.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.


Location:  Sydney NSW or Melbourne VIC

Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  78581

About You:

We’re interested in hearing from people who can demonstrate the following:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Computer Science, Social Science, Behavioural Science or related field. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Previous research experience working at the intersection of Computer Science and Social Science or Behavioural Science.
  • Previous experience working in Human-Machine Interaction (HMI).
  • Demonstrated track record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals and prestigious conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • It would be desirable for you have Knowledge of Security Operations Centre (SOC) and knowledge of AI/ML and NLP, however not essential.


If you meet the majority of these requirements, please consider applying.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

17 November 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Apply Now

Please mention to the employer that you saw this ad on PostDoc.com

PostdocJobs.com, an AmeriCareers ® service.