First listed on: 21 September 2017

Research Scientist in Applied Statistics 

  • Are you passionate about statistics and applied mathematics?
  • Join CSIRO Data61 - Australia's largest data innovation group
  • Utilise statistical research in sustainable marine conservation and development

The Position

The role of Research Scientist Staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.

We are seeking a talented statistician to take an exciting role in our team in Brisbane. The successful candidate will be working on a range of problems in natural resource management, particularly in marine and coastal applications. The CSIRO through DATA61 is seeking to deepen its abilities to undertake statistical research to underpin sustainable marine conservation and development. Areas of research include design and analysis of marine monitoring programs and spatio-temporal modelling.

The work is multi-disciplinary, with staff from DATA61, and collaborators from other CSIRO Business Units. The work is expected to be delivered directly to clients, and through CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere.

There is also the opportunity to develop work in other areas aligned with the research agenda of the broader DATA61 Data Analytic Research Group which has key capabilities that include:

  • Monitoring and survey design,
  • Spatio-temporal modelling and prediction,
  • Statistical modelling and computation,
  • Hierarchical frameworks to integrate data, empirical and process models, and represent uncertainty.

To view the full position description and selection criteria for this role please click here: Position details document

Location:    Brisbane, QLD
Salary:        AU $95K - AU $103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:       Specified Term of 3 years
Ref No.:      48043

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or masters with equivalent skills and experience) in a statistics or relevant discipline area such as applied mathematics.
  • Demonstrated high-level understanding of applied statistics, including spatio-temporal modelling and survey / monitoring design methods.
  • A track record of applying statistical science to real-world or applied problems.
  • Strong programming skills (e.g. R, Python or equivalent) to undertake customised statistical data analyses.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • 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.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences, and through publishing in quality, peer reviewed journals.


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How to apply:

To apply for this position you will be required to submit your resume and cover letter, as one document, highlighting your experience as relevant to the role requirements.

Applications Close: Applications will remain open until filled, however we encourage you to submit your application by Wednesday 4th October 2017 as we will assess suitable candidates from that date onwards.

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

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