First listed on: 13 May 2019

CSIRO Science Leader - Digital Integration for BioPrediction 

The Opportunity

  • Help take CSIRO to the forefront of AI and ML generated research opportunities
  • Support new data driven industry models and expand the development of AI/ML approaches
  • Make a difference! Join CSIRO at an exciting time for data driven science

As a Science Leader with CSIRO Agriculture and Food, you will have the potential to deliver transformative impact to agriculture at a national or global scale.  You will develop data methods and build highly integrated data-driven research platforms that explore aspects of biology important to agriculture.  It is expected that these data-intensive research platforms will transgress different biological, geographical or temporal scales, individuals or populations, spanning fields, landscapes or continents, through different seasons or years. Leveraging pan-CSIRO platform efforts to grow early to mid-career opportunities in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), you will be in a position to make strong intellectual contributions to the strategic directions and industry impacts of this area of science.

In this Priority Area you will develop cutting edge approaches for streamlining, automating and qualifying data integration from multiple sources including phenomics, climate and genomics, across multiple production systems (crops, livestock and aquaculture).  You will advance and deploy emerging methods in information and digital science. The area of science captured by this priority area is rapidly emerging globally in response to the opportunities presented by AI/ML.  These areas utilise rich data streams but require them to be well integrated into the analytical domain, in this case bioprediction.

You will play a lead role in linking world-leading domain science in Agriculture & Food with the latest AI and ML approaches in other areas of CSIRO such as Data61.  Research led by the science leader will be essential to ensure that technical advances at AI/ML frontiers are targeted and made available to relevant applications and science challenges to maximise the potential for impact.  Contributing intellectual leadership that appreciates the power of bringing domain science together with data analytics, you will work across industries or sectors, such as the crop sciences, livestock, and aquaculture.  In the longer term, impacts from the Science Leader’s program of work will include a revolutionary shift in how agricultural data is collected and used by researchers and industry, together with contributions to global food security and the optimisation of resource use efficiency in agricultural production systems.

The program is directed towards mid-career researchers who have ~10 to 15 years of post PhD experience, and:

  • have established expertise and knowledge aligned to the strategic priority areas;
  • bring novel capability into CSIRO; and
  • develop cutting edge technology platforms not already in CSIRO.

As part of this key leadership role, you will

  • Lead the development and delivery of cutting edge scientific research.
  • Build and maintain active national and international research partnerships.
  • Actively seek opportunities across scientific domains for novel, trans-disciplinary science.
  • Foster the development of early to mid-career scientists including the building and supporting of diverse teams.
  • Develop an understanding of opportunities for CSIRO to deliver impact with commercial and non-commercial delivery partners.
  • Communicate research results through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.
  • Lead staff to ensure that suitable scientific directions are established and work is completed within the agreed parameters.

Location:           Black Mountain (Canberra) ACT is preferred, however other sites are possible on negotiation

Salary:               Attractive salary package offered

Tenure:              Indefinite with an initial five years specific science leader funding

Reference No.:  61414

A successful science leader will:

  • be recognised by their peers as making a significant contribution in their field of science or engineering;
  • have a track record of translating scientific outcomes into impact;
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate at the intersection of disciplines;
  • bring an extensive network which they will actively share across the whole organisation, engaging and satisfying multiple stakeholders; and
  • have the ability to mentor a team of talented postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students and attract distinguished visiting researchers.

To discuss this pivotal role in more detail, click on the link to the brochure below and make contact now.



At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment - CSIRO

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. D&I Strategy

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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Applications Close

Sunday 7 July, 2019 (11:59pm AEST)

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