First listed on: 16 April 2019

Principal Research Scientist in Cyber Security

The Opportunity

  • Are you ready to take the next step in your career?
  • Lead strategic and industry research projects to address the challenging problems in cyber security
  • Join CSIRO's Data61 - Australia's largest data innovation group

The successful candidate will lead a team of researchers and students to be at the forefront of novel and world class research, leading to reputed international publications in top tier security conferences like IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, NDSS, Usenix Security, Crypto and Eurocrypt. You will also be able to define, write, lead and manage both strategic and industry projects in the Distributed Security Systems Group within the Software and Computation Science Program.

You will be expected to lead projects, interact with clients and deliver client projects, supervise junior researchers, Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students independently within the Data61 scholarship programme and contribute to the development of new research areas and ideas by developing project proposals.

Your duties will include

  • Carry out innovative, impactful cyber security research of strategic importance to CSIRO Data61 that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Provide leadership in writing new strategic/client research proposals and the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
  • Actively lead and participate in strategic and external R&D projects by undertaking project specific research, and communicating with internal and external partners.
  • Build strategic relationship with Data61 industry and academic partners.
  • Provide a leadership to the team consisting of researchers, engineers and PhD students.
  • Work closely with business development group to secure new client projects.
  • Interact with clients in a professional manner and deliver client reports on time.
  • Attract PhD students and supervise them independently within the Data61 scholarship programme.

Location: Marsfield - Sydney, NSW
Salary: AU $136,437 to AU $150,956 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 61203

To be successful you will need

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as security, privacy or a closely related field or significant work experience in the area of cyber security
  • High level written and oral communication skills demonstrated through publications and collaboration with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences, and a range of different audiences.
  • Demonstrated high level of experience in conducting research activities in cyber security, more specifically in the area of automating cyber security, building resilience systems, IoT security, applied cryptography and/or cyber security governance and awareness; evidence from the top tier research publications such as IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, NDSS, Usenix Security, Crypto and Eurocrypt.
  • Experience in supervising and mentoring juniors researchers, developing and delivering high impact research projects.
  • The ability to lead a team of researchers as well as work effectively as part of a research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity in the area of cyber security, plus the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position description

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.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

Who we are

CSIRO’s Data61 business unit is the largest data innovation group in Australia, bringing together approximately 600 research and development staff working in digital technologies to create benefit for Australia. Data61 develops Australia's future leaders with its strong 300+ PhD student program in collaboration with our best universities across Australia.

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Monday May 13th, 2019

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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