Future of Work Institute | Research Fellow – Data Science & Decision-Making

at Curtin University

Job No: CURTIN690

Location: Perth CBD, Western Australia

3 years fixed term, full-time & part-time opportunities available (3 days minimum)

$99,530 - $118,115 (ALB) plus 17% Superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

Your new team

The Australian Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science is a joint collaboration between Curtin University, The University of Western Australia and CSIRO, and industry partners Alcoa, BHP and Roy Hill, as well as CORE Innovation Hub and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia. The Centre, co-funded by the Australian Research Council through the Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) scheme, aims to train a new generation of data scientist specialists, equipping them with the skills needed to develop new data science methods for solving complex modelling and optimisation challenges in asset maintenance. This cohort of data scientists will drive an exciting transformation of maintenance practice in the Australian resources industry based on new advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence and optimisation. The Centre involves a team of 20 scientists and engineers at the three research institutes together with practicing engineers and data scientists at the industry partners.

Your new role

A unique opportunity exists for a postdoctoral researcher working at the interface of data science, psychology, and management. The position will involve working with all levels of collaborating organisations to understand the use and implications of new technologies related to maintenance and planning. You will work with an interdisciplinary team to understand how data is used in decision making and develop interventions to ensure effective use of data in sociotechnical systems.

As Research Fellow you will be required to:

  • Work effectively with teams consisting of both industry and university stakeholders;
  • Develop measures and protocols for assessing the way data is used by multiple stakeholders;
  • Integrate, analyse and report on multilevel and longitudinal data from sources including surveys, sensors, and observation.

You will be based at The Future of Work Institute (FOWI), a major new initiative of Curtin University to engage with the rapidly changing world of work. Under the directorship of Professor Mark Griffin and the academic leadership of Professors Sharon K Parker and Marylene Gagne and Associate Professors Patrick Dunlop and Karina Jorritsma, the Institute conducts research and implements new approaches and policies with government and industry partners to create a purposeful and productive future that works for everyone. From their base in the heart of Perth’s CBD (Western Australia), they aim to generate new knowledge, develop skills and talent, lead discussion and debate and advice and help organisations to develop solutions.

You will bring to the role

  • A PhD in psychology, management, human factors or related fields (applicants who are close to finishing their PhD will also be considered)
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse complex data
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research with organisations
  • Track record of research publications and in seeking and obtaining grant funding (relative to opportunity)
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people from varying research backgrounds and evidence of strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently under minimal supervision while contributing to overall team performance and proven ability to meet performance deadlines during the course of the project
  • Inter-disciplinary research expertise and/or industry experience will be advantageous

What we offer you

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

For details of Curtin’s employee benefits please visit [https://about.curtin.edu.au/jobs/]

What we need from you

A cover letter, your CV and you are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria which can be found in the Academic Role Statement.

To view the Academic Role Statement, please visit https://applynow.net.au/jobs/ni/CURTIN690

Applications close: 9pm (AWST) on Monday, 10th June

How to Apply: to apply for this role, please submit your application via https://applynow.net.au/jobs/ni/CURTIN690

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.

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Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Professor Mark Griffin, Director, Future of Work Institute, Curtin University

Phone: +61 8 9266 2279

Email: mark.griffin@curtin.edu.au

Please only apply via the attached link. Please do not send your resume direct to the above contact.


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.

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