First listed on: 21 January 2023

Principal Research Consultant in Responsible AI


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The Opportunity

  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!
  • Flexible work arrangements! Mix of home and office.
  • Collaborative, flexible, innovative workplace that values you and your career development

The role of the Research Consulting staff is to initiate, develop, lead and promote CSIRO's research capability for the benefit of Australia's economy, society/community and/or environment through strategic partnerships with industry. Their primary responsibility is the leadership of research and client relationships. They undertake the establishment and facilitation of multi-organizational, collaborative research programs leading to the delivery of results to clients. They have an in-depth knowledge of the key drivers/sensitivities of their industry partners and have the ability to influence their strategic direction. They pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts and opportunities that are not obvious to others. They build and maintain alliances and networks that provide an up-to-date awareness of advances in technology and ideas. They report on and collaborate on the uptake of the research results. They have a lead role in securing project funds through their interactions with clients and they prepare detailed research proposals and project reports. They acquire a breadth and depth of scientific interests, an awareness of potential application of their research and the capacity to vary their scientific interests and skills to suit research and industry priorities.

CSIRO’s Data61 is driving the development and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Australia. The development of AI-based systems introduces new fundamental challenges to responsible AI/innovation, ethics, compliance, regulation, standards, international consensus and SME adoption.

This position will lead to the development of new initiatives, international engagements, collaborative projects, methods and technologies for Responsible AI in particular related to standards, compliance and SME adoption of them.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertake leading-edge research via active internal (cross Data61 and CSIRO Business Units) and external research collaborations in the area of Responsible AI in particular related to standards, compliance and SME adoption of them.
  • Be recognised as an international figure in their area of expertise and typically possess knowledge across a range of disciplines. 
  • Conceive ideas for new industry initiatives and projects based on real-world problems and help secure sources of funding. 
  • Liaise with the business development and commercialisation managers to assess commercial opportunities and to protect intellectual property. 
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to colleagues and students in the area of standards, compliance and SME adoption. 
  • Communicate research results to clients and the wider community through oral and written reports, which may include advice and the preparation of documents for patent applications. 

Location: Everleigh, Melbourne, VIC
Salary: $146,207 - $161,767plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 24 months
Reference: 91359

To be considered you will need:

  • A Bachelor/Master degree in a relevant field such as law or/and technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions.
  • Demonstrated track record in research with impactful outcomes in industry and/or government.
  • Experiences in leadership via managing significant projects and/or teams.
  • Experiences in standard development and conformance/compliance related to AI.
  • Experiences in international engagements related to AI.
  • Demonstrated high level of oral and written communication skills with the ability to represent Data61 research externally to academia, government and industry.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

05th February 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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