Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Parkville, NEW SOUTH WALES
Deadline: 19 Sep 2021

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen FEIT’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

About the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) We are international research leaders with a focus on delivering impact and making a real difference in three key areas: data and knowledge, platforms and systems, and people and organisations.

At the School of Computing and Information Systems, you'll find curious people, big problems, and plenty of chances to create a real difference in the world.

About the role:

A postdoctoral research fellow is sought to join the School of Computing & Information Systems, The University of Melbourne, and contribute research to one of the following areas or their intersection:

  • computer security
  • machine learning
  • or human-computer interaction

You will join a world-class interdisciplinary and multi-institution AUSMURI project which aims to make basic research discoveries across explainable AI, adversarial machine learning & robustness, cybersecurity, formal verification, mathematical psychology, and HCI.

The Cybersecurity Assurance for Teams of Computers and Humans (CATCH) joint MURI-AUSMURI sits across 7 universities in Australia and the U.S.

The Australia-US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) is funded by the Defence Next Generation Technology Fund (NGTF) and administered by the Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources for $3m over 3 years, led by the University of Melbourne (Ben Rubinstein in AI, Vassilis Kostakos in HCI, Toby Murray in formal methods/security, Olga Ohrimenko in security/AI), with the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University as partners.

It is joint with a U.S. MURI funded for USD$3.75m over 3 years by the U.S. Army Research Office led by Wisconsin-Maddison (Somesh Jha) with Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, and Penn State. You will be encouraged and supported to collaborate across nodes of the joint MURI-AUSMURI in this exciting and unique project.

You can read more about CATCH here:

Being located in the School of Computing & Information Systems within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, you will be expected to be an active member of the School, collaborating with other researchers.  You will have the opportunity to contribute to teaching, as desired, and will be expected to contribute to research supervision related to your area of research.

About You:

Naturally, you will be capable of demonstrating your prior record of achievement in the following:

  • A PhD in computer science, or closely related discipline
  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading conferences or journals commensurate with opportunity
  • Ability to perform independent research and a commitment to interdisciplinary research
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records
  • Capability for innovative research, as evidenced by scholarly publication
  • Experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders (academic, administrative and support staff) in a courteous and effective manner.

Additionally, it would be desirable (but not necessary) if you if you also had experience in relation to any of the following:

  • Experience with computer security, adversarial machine learning, explainable AI, HCI, machine learning, statistics, or formal methods. It is not expected that candidates would have experience across all these areas;
  • Experience in supervision of students and/or research assistants
  • Experience in the completion of ethics applications and attracting research funding
  • Ability to structure, engage and present information clearly to various audiences

For specific responsibilities of this role please refer to the attached Position Description.

You will be supported to pursue achievement in all four pillars of an academic career:

  • Research
  • Engagement
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Service and Leadership

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, childcare subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the detailed application and upload your Resume.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be currently located within Australia and able to commence immediately or as soon as your notice period has been served.

You will be an Australian Citizen; a Permanent Resident or a holder of an appropriate visa.

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