Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science
University of Adelaide School of Computer Science

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (B) - School of Computer Science

Job no: 505968
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Level B

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(Level B) $100,933 to $119,391 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Fixed-term position available for 2 years. Flexible work arrangements can be negotiated with the right candidates.

Contribute to research projects developing novel models and methods for Human-AI Interactions.

The Intelligent Decision Superiority Research Network (iDS) is an initiative of the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and is part of the Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) priority research theme of the Department of Defence Next Generation Technology Fund. In particular, iDS  'seeks to leverage the wider science, technology and innovation capability in academia, industry and government research agencies to develop and demonstrate future ISR concepts in; automated information processing and reasoning, distributed multi-domain networks and human and artificial intelligence interaction.'

The iDS programme has funded a University of Adelaide project 'Modelling, Monitoring and Moderating Human-AI Interactions' which is a cross-disciplinary project involving experts in both AI and human decision making and falls under the third area listed above. Funding also comes from related projects on human-machine teams in games of incomplete information.

The School of Computer Science is seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher (level B) to work on these projects for an initial period of two years, with the opportunity to extend the contract for a further year. The appointee for this position will be engaged in research activities in the areas of:

  • Syntactic signal processing and modelling of the behaviours of a human analyst undertaking demanding and time-critical decision-making tasks;
  • Participation in designing experiments and collection of experimental data relating to human-AI interactions;
  • The application of game theory to the monitoring and shaping the interactions between human analysts and AI agents in order to achieve desirable system behaviour;
  • Modelling strategic interactions for benign and adversarial machine learning operations;
  • Developing computational game theoretic algorithms for cyber deception.

The appointee will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary team involving engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and psychologists, as well as undertake personal research at an internationally competitive level. The appointee will be expected to participate in, and contribute to the School of Computer Science, School of Psychology, and other research seminar series as appropriate. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to publications in leading international journals and conferences and to contribute to time-critical project related outputs and outcomes including project reports and briefings for Defence clients.

Opportunities will be provided for conference travel, and travel for the purposes of facilitating research collaborations with Australian and international partners, as appropriate.

To be successful you will need:

  • To have or about to complete a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering, computer science or related fields such as mathematics, and physics.
  • Be eligible to hold a Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence security clearance as defined at
  • Demonstrated ability in conducting and publishing high quality research on one or more of the topics related to the project topics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with empirical research in network security and machine learning.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a professional and collegial manner, and to build rapport with all levels of academic and professional staff within a diverse and inclusive work environment.

This is a designated security position and all applicants must either be Australian citizens or eligible to apply for Australian citizenship at the time of application.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research in a vast range of engineering disciplines, computer science - including machine learning, high-level mathematics and architecture, planning and landscape architecture. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 27 September 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Hung Nguyen
Associate Professor
P: +61 (8) 8313 6214

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

Advertised: 27 Aug 2021 12:00 AM
Applications close:27 Sep 2021 11:55 PM

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