First listed on: 30 August 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-Level Evolutionary Robotics

  • Undertake Research at the Intersection of Evolutionary Algorithms, Robotics, and Materials Science
  • Work with World Class Researchers to Solve the World’s Biggest Challenges
  • Join CSIRO’s Data61, the Digital Innovation Arm of Australia’s Largest Science Agency, the CSIRO

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. 

The CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-Level Evolutionary Robotics will undertake research at the intersection of evolutionary algorithms, robotics, and materials science. The Fellow will use state of the art algorithms to search for useful materials, deploy them into components, and subsequently create whole robots that are specialised to both their task and operating environment. This may involve the use of various computational design approaches (from evolutionary algorithms and machine learning to shape/size/topology optimisation), creating models and modifying simulators to capture interactions between the materials, components, and full robots.  

The Fellow will be expected to get hands-on with our 3D printers for real-world generation and testing of the robots. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to engage with the AIM Future Science Platform, a cross-disciplinary research program combining materials science, machine learning, and robotics to generate innovative solutions for currently unsolved problems. This project provides opportunities to undertake placements at our international collaborators at INRIA, as well as domestically at Monash University. The Fellow will be guided by an international supervisory team with expertise in machine learning for materials discovery, diversity-based evolutionary algorithms, and evolutionary robotics.

Your duties will include
  • Developing multi-level algorithms by combining state of the art techniques across materials search, component search, and robot optimisation 
  • Demonstrating the algorithm by physically creating task/environmentally-specialised robots
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes
  • Producing and presenting high-quality manuscripts for publication in top-ranked journals and client reports, presentation at international conferences, and supporting patent applications
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical paradigms, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research
  • Participating in effective functioning of the research team and helping deliver CSIRO’s organisational objectives and plans
  • Proactively undertaking development to grow effective researcher capabilities to support career goal 

Location: Pullenvale, QLD
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4%  superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 61505

To be successful you will need

A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Computer Science, Evolutionary Computing, Robotics, Mechatronic Engineering, Computational Chemistry, or Materials Science

  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

- A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations

- 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.

The successful applicant may be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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

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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.

Please note: This is a re-advertisement for the position, if you have applied previously, we still have your application.

Applications Close

23:00 AEST 29th September 2019

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

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