CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human-Machine Collaborative Processes for Biological Collection

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7090731 (Ref:cj_79985)

Posted: December 16, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgment of Country


CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation.

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Ecology, Ecological Applications or a relevant area of Statistics and/or Machine Learning?
  • Want to develop new methods and tools for adaptive management of invasive species?
  • 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. 


The Collaborative Intelligence Future Science Platform is about exploring “collaborative intelligence” and developing the science required to achieve it, leading to greater adoption and effective use of technology, enhanced productivity, and safety. It will also explore how people and machines work and learn together, while ensuring meaningful and rewarding work for people, where machines augment rather than substitute human intellect.


In this role, the successful candidate will take the lead in identifying, developing and deploying the first practical steps towards a broader concept of what a ‘digital curator’ could do and provide a ‘proof-of-concept’ demonstration of the value of integrating machine and human intelligence to assist with biological collection management.

Your duties will include:


  • Developing workflows and informatics pipelines combining automation and human decision making for practical use cases in biodiversity and collections science, e.g., integration, filtering, and quality control of large spatial and taxonomic datasets for analysis or digitisation of specimen data.
  • Working closely with research scientists and curators to understand limitations of current work practices in collection management, specimen curation and biological research, and identify possible solutions combining data science and human expertise.
  • Using relevant programming languages and methodologies such as Python, R, data mining, machine learning, optical character recognition, etc.
  • Carrying out evaluation of the developed software to demonstrate its competitiveness and fitness for purpose. Take responsibility for functionality, performance and robustness.


Location: Canberra, ACT

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 79985

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline such as applied computer science, biodiversity science, behavioural science, or similar. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience or interest in either data science, biodiversity databases, or collection science.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in the study of human behaviour.
  • Strong computational and programming skills (e.g., in Python, R, C++, or similar) to build data processing and analysis workflows integrating database queries, machine learning, data mining, human decision making, and other aspects.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates).

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

16 January 2022, 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.

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