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Principal Research Scientist

Country of Position: 
Subject Area: 
Applies to General Signal Processing
Signal Processing for Communications and Networking
Expiration Date: 
20 February 2020
Position Description: 
  • Tackle challenges in data collection, information extraction & transmission.
  • Excellent opportunity to work in a leading scientific institution with dedicated professionals 
  • Join CSIRO’s Data61, the largest data innovation group in Australia 

The Position

This Senior/Principal Research Scientist will sit within the Cybernetics Group in the CPS Program. The Cybernetics Group tackles major challenges in data collection and information extraction and transmission from complex environments, under constrained conditions and with limited resources. In this role you will lead individual research efforts and contribute to the acquisition and execution of external projects. The Research Scientist will have a strong background, including publications at top-tier venues, in more than one of the specific research areas i.e.:

  • Signal processing for RF localisation, tracking and environment mapping, and the inference and contextualisation on individual and group behaviour, and trust. 
  • Signal processing techniques for micro and biomedical sensing systems, and human-machine interface optimisation, and/or inference from sensory data to assist medical diagnosis. 
  • Miniaturisation techniques for sensing/actuator systems and platforms that incorporate high-performing battery, telemetry, sensors, actuators and data management solutions, and/or design and implementation of associated ASICs.
  • Signal processing techniques for broad bandwidth space communication and sensing systems, such as signal capture and fast track, and system architecture design. 

The role of the Senior/Principal Research Scientist is to provide scientific leadership, to play a lead role in securing project funds, and to develop and pursue research agendas within the context of our vision to investigate the use of novel systems, methodologies, techniques for the creation of reliable and long-lasting data acquisition and communication systems.


Location:      Marsfield, NSW or Pullenvale, VIC

Salary:          * CSOF6 AU$113,338k - AU$132,811k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

                      * CSOF7 AU$136,437k - AU$150,956k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:        Indefinite

Reference:  63152


*NB: This position is offered across two levels, the appointment level will be determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the successful candidate


To be successful you will need:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Education/Qualifications:  A doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as Electronics Engineering, and mixed academic and industrial research leadership experience 
  • Solid technical expertise in at least two of the following specific research areas.
    • Signal processing algorithm design and implementation in RF tracking systems, including array signal processing, time-of-arrival extraction, beamforming, belief propagation, convex optimisation, deep reinforcement learning, and their implementations in edge computing platforms; 
    • Architecture design and implementation of micro sensing systems, including platform design and miniaturisation, operating systems services and network stacks for embedded devices, low-power operation for energy harvesting systems, deep learning, and applications building on those technologies;
    • Architecture design and signal processing techniques for space communications and space situational awareness, including front-end and baseband architecture, design and implementation, signal detection and fast capture in extremely low signal-to-noise region, high-speed communication, and angle-of-arrival estimation.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a research team, supervise junior researchers and students, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • A strong track-record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals to demonstrate national research standing, e.g., IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, etc.
  • A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.

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


For more information please view the Position Description.


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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



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. 


Apply Online

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


Applications Close

Thursday, 20th February 2020 at 11:59PM AEST

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