First listed on: 04 January 2020

Research Scientist - Business Processes and Legal Informatics

The Opportunity
  • Play a Key Role in Automating Legal Reasoning and Compliance in Computer Systems
  • Use your Expertise and Assist with Leading Research Projects in Real-World Systems
  • Join CSIRO’s Data61, the Largest Data Innovation Group in Australia

CSIRO’s Data61 is seeking to appoint a Research Scientist in Business Processes and Legal Informatics to work alongside our world-leading scientists within our Software Systems group.

This role will provide scientific leadership and develop and pursue research agendas within the context of our vision to build conceptually sound and computationally feasible advanced formal models of business processes and legal reasoning. This will aim to not only improve the access to justice, but to speed up and reduce the cost of legal proceedings, as well as increase the productivity by reducing the burden of complying with governing norms. You will also follow the latest research to advance the state of the art in business process compliance, logic and legal informatics.

Your duties will include:
  • Pursuing research to advance the state of the art in digital legislation and business process compliance
  • Producing high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in high quality international conferences and journals
  • Working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, to undertake independent scientific investigations and carry out associated tasks under the guidance of more senior Research Scientists/Engineers
  • Assisting in the leading of research projects
  • Providing coaching and on-the-job training to technical staff and students.

Location: Dutton Park, QLD
Salary: AU$98k - AU$106k plus up to 15.4%  superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 64486

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate in Computer Science, or related discipline
  • A track record of publications in top Information Systems and Computational Logics journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at international conferences and stakeholder meetings
  • Extensive knowledge of formal business process modelling (like e.g. Petri nets), formal verification and compliance
  • Strong track record in knowledge representation, non-monotonic reasoning and deontic logics
  • Previous experience modelling legislation in languages such as LegalRuleML, RuleML etc
  • Experience with digital implementation of laws and regulations at the Australian Government.

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

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

Diversity and Inclusion

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.


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.

How to Apply

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

Applications Close

23:59 AEDT 19th January 2020

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

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