CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Natural Language Processing (NLP) & Machine Learning (ML)

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Brisbane, Australia

Job posting number: #7097610 (Ref:cj_82848)

Posted: April 6, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Be part of the high-performing Health Text Analytics Team within the Australian e-Health Research Centre.
  • Develop and apply interpretable and practical software solutions to support clinical decision support.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology 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.


As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will contribute to projects in collaboration with healthcare stakeholders and academic partners. These projects will include the solving of research challenges associated with understanding and extracting key information from clinical text, and the development and deployment of related applications to support our research. These projects span the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) methodologies including natural language processing, information retrieval, machine/deep learning and clinical terminologies on both structured and unstructured free-text data to support clinical service delivery through AI enabled and interpretable decision support solutions. The position will form part of the high-performing Health Text Analytics Team within the Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC - https://aehrc.csiro.au/) – a world class centre undertaking research and development across health and biomedical informatics and health services.   

Your duties will include:

  • Solving research challenges associated with understanding and classifying information from structured and unstructured clinical text data
  • Developing and apply information extraction and classification methodologies, including natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval (IR), machine/deep learning, and terminologies/ontologies, to clinical problems,
  • Developing and deploy explainable and practical software solutions to support clinical decision support, evidence-based healthcare, and improved patient outcomes and health system productivity.
  • Evaluation and statistical validation of developed methods to demonstrate its competitiveness and fitness for purpose


Location:   Brisbane, QLD

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

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  82848

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, information technology, software engineering, or an equivalent field. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge in information extraction and classification from structured and unstructured free-text data involving natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval (IR), machine/deep learning, and terminologies/ontologies. 
  • Demonstrated practical experience with machine learning libraries, deep learning frameworks, as well as NLP, IR and data mining/visualisation open source tools.
  • Demonstrated technical ability in software development and programming skills (e.g. Python, Java).
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents and 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

9 May 2022, 11:00pm AEST

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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:#7097610 (Ref:cj_82848)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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