Research Fellow In Adversarial Machine Learning

at University of Melbourne

  • Seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the "Adversarial Machine Learning for Cybersecurity" project in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.
  • 1-year full-time position is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Group, with CSIRO/Data61.

The Project This project aims to deliver new methods for robust machine learning in adversarial environments, particularly in reinforcement learning. Today a picture is emerging that state-of-the-art inference techniques don't fare well when data is manipulated by a malicious adversary. Less is known about how to make learners robust to manipulation. Key activity for the successful candidate will be research, writing and submitting publications to top venues across AI, machine learning, and security.

The Opportunity The ideal candidate would be an enthusiastic researcher with strong skills in: machine learning algorithms (particularly but not limited to reinforcement learning and deep learning methods), optimisation & linear algebra, and programming. Experience with machine learning applied in security (e.g., intrusion detection) or game theory is a plus.

You will be part of a cross-institutional team spanning Melbourne and Swinburne Universities, DSTG and CSIRO/Data61, who collaboratively work on all aspects of the project, from concepts, theoretical underpinning, and design, through implementation and experimentation, to publication of results, curation of data, and maintenance of generated software. You will work side by side with other researchers in machine learning, game theory and computer security.

About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

MSE is entering an exciting juncture as we work towards transforming engineering and IT research and teaching, guided by MSE 2025, our ten-year strategic plan. With an expected investment of $1 billion in people and infrastructure, we are creating the entrepreneurial leaders and technology of the future - the people and things that will drive innovation and productivity to make a sustainable impact on the world in which we live. MSE continues to attract the best staff and students with a global reputation and has a commitment to knowledge for the betterment of society. It's an incredibly exciting time to be joining MSE and CIS! Take a look at this video about Melbourne Connect, new home for CIS in the near future -

About the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS)

We are international research leaders focused on delivering impact and making a real difference in three key areas: data and knowledge, platforms and systems, and people and organisations. In Computing, the School was ranked number 1 in Australia and 14th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Ranking exercise. At CIS, you'll find multi-disciplinary work, collaboration and mentoring are at the core of our work: smart people, big societal challenges with plenty of opportunities to make a real difference in the world

What we offer you

Apart from competitive salaries, our benefits are aimed at recognising and rewarding the contributions you make. We offer complete flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care 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.

How to Apply

  • Apply online and complete the detailed application form.
  • You are not required to upload a resume or address the selection criteria for this position.
  • You are only required to complete the online application form.

About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, at number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive, and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

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The University of Melbourne and MSE are strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

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