CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cybersecurity

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Melbourne, Australia

Job posting number: #7096604 (Ref:cj_81845)

Posted: March 29, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in computer science, social science, behavioural science or a related field?
  • Be part of our focus on AI and cyber security, as well as humans and machines
  • Join our Distributed Systems Security group for this exciting postdoctoral role


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.


As part of the Human Centric Security team within the Distributed Systems Security Group, this role will contribute to realising the Data61 focus on AI and cyber security, as well as humans and machines. In particular, this role will build on the work already done to ensure effective collaboration between humans and machines/AI/robots to develop security solutions. There is growing acknowledgement that the best results follow when humans work collaboratively with machines, in both physical and digital worlds. Collaborative intelligence, or the symbiotic relationship between humans and machines working together, can help remediate the existing imbalance in digital adoption and advance the rate of digital transformation. This role will grow the team’s capacity in the development of AI-related technologies focused on leveraging human factors to strengthen cyber security and invisible security that can support seamless human-system integration.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Working with CSIRO scientists, engineers and other postdoctoral fellows within the Distributed Systems Security group.
  • Producing high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals.
  • Preparing appropriate conference papers and presenting those at conferences as agreed with supervisor.


Location: Melbourne, Victoria

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 81845

To be considered you will need:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.



For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

30 April 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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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Job posting number:#7096604 (Ref:cj_81845)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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