First listed on: 22 September 2018

Junior Data Scientist                                                               

  • Utilize your data science and statistics skills
  • Deliver research that will shape the Australian energy sector
  • Join CSIRO and contribute to a diverse range of data-driven research projects

The Position:  

You will draw on your data science and statistics base to deliver brand new research in – and impact for – Australia’s energy sector, working with complex, messy and interconnected real-world data sets to unlock the hidden stories that Australia’s energy data has to tell. 

If you are passionate about making a difference in the energy sector, in working with a passionate and multi-disciplinary team that loves data, and want to be part of delivering cutting-edge science, we would love to have you on board!

Based at the CSIRO Energy Centre, Newcastle, you will be working in Australia's national science institution, interacting with some of Australia's largest industries, meeting with researchers and scientists from around the world, and delivering practical solutions to challenging, complex and rewarding problems. If this sounds exciting then let us know; we are keen to discover if you could be part of the CSIRO Grids and Energy Efficiency team.  

Your duties will include:

  • Deploy your analytical, statistics and data science skills to build models of Australian energy behaviour and to understand the drivers of that behaviour.
  • Work with project leaders to deliver research outputs for high-impact, complex and difficult projects in tight-timelines and with clients from across the energy sector.
  • Use your skills in statistical platforms like R and SPSS to tease apart correlations and connections in data about Australia’s energy sector, energy consumers and energy behaviour.
  • Be brave enough to tackle real-world data, with all of its flaws, inaccuracies and messiness.
  • Work collegiately with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers to deliver against project objectives.
  • Communicate your work in both technical and non-technical forms, with a particular focus on providing descriptions of your work and key outcomes in a form that enlightens and excites non-technical audiences.                                                                    

Location:  Newcastle, NSW
Salary:      AU $62K to AU $79K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:     3 years term
Ref no:      58402

To be considered you will have:

  • A tertiary degree (preferably with Honours) or equivalent in fields that are highly related to data science and/or statistics.
  • Demonstrated experience in deploying your data science or statistical skills in answering complex problems.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, suitable for building relationships and networks with your CSIRO team mates in order to deliver complex and multi-faceted work in a team environment.
  • Experience in reporting on research and science outcomes in both technical and non-technical forms.
  • Experience in the visualisation and presentation of complex data.
  • Experience in software tools and languages for the transformation and analysis of data (such as R, SPSS, Tableau and Python).
  • Familiarity with the energy sector and the key challenges facing the sector is desirable
  • Experience in research or commercial institution where you have delivered outcomes for an external client is desirable.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below. Apply today! Position Details 


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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.  Find out more Balance

CSIRO Energy are pioneering low-emission technologies that create value for industry and households and provide the knowledge which will help guide Australia towards a smart, secure energy future.

How to apply: Please load one document containing your CV and a brief cover letter which outlines your experience as relevant to the role and your motivations for applying (Maximum 2MB). At the end of the online application process, you may be required to respond to some screening questions. 

Applications close: Wednesday 10 October, 2018

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