First listed on: 21 December 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Deep Video Analytics for Fisheries Management

The Opportunity

  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Digital Outcomes!
  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • 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. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system. CERC Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for three years or part time equivalent.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join the Imaging and Computer Vision (ICV) Group at Data61, CSIRO’s data and digital specialist data sciences arm, to build innovative solutions for Australia. In this role, the Fellow will join an internationally recognised multidisciplinary team to develop innovative machine learning methods (deep learning) for the analysis of images and videos for species identification and automated catch counting for electronic monitoring of commercial fishing operations. The team is developing fish detection and species identification algorithms based on our collection of fish catch imagery, with the goal of implementing the software in an operational capacity. The Fellow will contribute to this goal with a strong background in computer vision, machine learning, quantitative analysis and programming.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Developing machine learning workflow for fish detection and species identification using video footage, and supervising the preparation of training data.
  • Delivering an error rate analysis of the fish detection and species recognition algorithms.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Producing high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.
  • Preparing appropriate conference papers and presenting those at conferences as agreed with your supervisor.
  • Contributing to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
  • Make a contribution to the effective functioning of the research team and help deliver CSIRO’s organisational objectives and plans.
  • Collaborate with members of a diverse project team and external partners to ensure research directions can lead to lasting impact in application domains.

Location: Sydney, NSW
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 70978

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 vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, data analytics, applied mathematics and other relevant disciplines.

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

  • Solid knowledge of computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the ability to understand and develop mathematically founded machine learning algorithms and their implementation using deep learning platforms such as TensorFlow/TensorFlow Lite, PyTorch, Caffe etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and evaluating machine learning models.
  • A sound history of publication in high-rank peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • Proficiency in Python, C++ or equivalent.
  • 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 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


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

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

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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

3rd February 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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

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