Vacancy for Postdoc in the Complex Systems Group the University of Western Australia


Deadline: 29 may 2020


The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has an established and dedicated team of teaching and research staff who engage in a multidisciplinary approach to provide pathways to incorporate mathematics and statistics into undergraduate and postgraduate studies and research. Our program of teaching and research covers the broad fields of applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics.  The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been awarded 5 out of 5 in Excellence of Research Australia in Mathematical Sciences (Pure and Applied Mathematics).

Complex Systems research at UWA is recognised as a strategic focus as part of the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences initiative, Engineering for Remote Operations (ERO). ERO research in Complex Systems is directed by the project team member, the CSIRO-UWA Chair in Complex Engineering Systems, Professor Michael Small. 

About the opportunity

You will take responsibility for research on the ARC Discovery Project “TSuNAMi: Time Series Network Animal Modelling” under the direct supervision of Dr David Walker, Dr Debora Correa, CSIRO-UWA Chair in Complex Engineering Systems, Professor Michael Small, and Associate Professor Dominique Blache.  This project expects to generate innovative techniques from complex systems theory, dynamical systems theory, and data science to transform time series to complex network representations to connect geometric and topological features of the network to system behaviour with applications to animal welfare and stress management.

You will join the Complex Systems research group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and work with academics and fellow researchers within that group and also researchers in the School of Animal Biology. You may also be required to supervise honours students and postgraduate research students on projects related to this research.

To be considered for this role you will demonstrate:

  • PhD and Bachelor’s degrees in applied mathematics, physics, computing or related fields.
  • Experience with relevant computational toolkits (MATLAB, Python, R, etc.)
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications.
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise final year undergraduate students and PhD students.
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines.

About you

To be successful in this role you will be an experienced researcher who is able to demonstrate an extensive research experience of at least one of: complex systems, dynamical systems, data science and/or machine learning and have a research publication record relative to opportunity. You will be an excellent team player and have demonstrated experience in working across departments and schools and have an understanding of the organisational culture of academia.  

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. 

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