Research Associate/ Research Fellow

at University of Western Australia

  • Three year appointment
  • Salary range: $92,497 - $115,350 p.a.

The University of Western Australia (UWA), a member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, is ranked amongst the top Australian universities and among the top 100 universities in the world.

We are seeking to appoint a talented post-doctoral researcher to work on the mathematics of identifying and characterizing tipping points (regime changes or 'catastrophes') in dynamical systems from extremely sparse experimental data. The appointee will have completed a PhD in mathematics, physics or a related discipline and have specific expertise in complex systems, dynamical systems, and nonlinear time series analysis. The project will involve working closely with a team of experimental oncologists and computational biologists as well as engineers in the resources sector and CSIRO's Mineral Resources. The appointee will be based in the Complex Systems group at UWA.

Complex Systems research at UWA has been recognised as a strategic focus and part of the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences initiative, Engineering for Remote Operations (ERO). ERO research in Complex Systems is led by the CSIRO-UWA Chair in Complex Engineering Systems, Professor Michael Small. Professor Small's appointment is a joint initiative funded by UWA and CSIRO's Mineral Resources flagship. The group includes eight academic staff and post-doctoral fellows based either in UWA's Department of Mathematics and Statistics or CSIRO's Mineral Resources. There are currently 12 post-graduate research students, and annually 2-4 undergraduate students within the group. Funding for the current position comes from the successful ARC Discovery Program grant application, "Navigating tipping points in complex dynamical systems" - a collaboration between Professor Small, a medical oncologist (Dr. Lesterhuis), a bioinformatician (Dr. Bosco), and CSIRO's Mineral Resources (Dr. Zaitouny).

This position will assume responsibility for the research program "Navigating tipping points in complex dynamical systems", working with clinicians and practicing engineers. The project aims to contribute to the development of new treatment regimes for dynamical diseases and develop improved management strategies for resource-focused engineering industries.

About you

With a PhD in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, physiology, biology or similar, applicants are expected to have a postgraduate degree with a background in at least one of the following: complex systems, dynamical systems, bioinformatics techniques for cancer immunotherapy or nonlinear time series analysis; as well as experience with relevant computational toolkits. You will be responsible to Prof. Small for the day-to-day conduct of the project, liaising with clinicians and practicing engineers, and working collaboratively on related projects.

You will have considerable experience collaborating with diverse groups, a strong track record of relevant research publications and presentations and an ability to communicate effectively.

Generous superannuation, leave benefits and others, will be specified in the offer of employment.

Closing Date: Friday 23 February 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File PD_ Research Fellow - Postdoc ComplexSystems.pdf

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI - inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI - 2016).
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