Postdoctoral Research Fellows
The University of Adelaide

Closing date: 20th November 2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellows in open data and disease, civil unrest and election prediction

  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Multidisciplinary research team

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

We are seeking two mathematical and computational modellers to join the "Beat the News" Program of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D), based in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. D2D is a Cooperative Research Centre with over 20 partners across academia, industry and government, which seeks to address the Big Data challenges facing Australia's defence, national security and law enforcement agencies. The Beat the News program seeks to research, develop, integrate and evaluate technology that will automatically and accurately predict the occurrence of future events such as disease outbreaks, civil unrest, political crises, and election outcomes.

The successful applicants will work with Dr. Lewis Mitchell, who leads two project streams within the"Beat the News" program of D2D, on the topics of using open data for:

  1. disease prediction using epidemiological models and data assimilation, and
  2. civil unrest and election prediction using Bayesian network models.

The successful applicants will be required to collaborate with a team of D2D research engineers who will work on implementing computational aspects of the two project streams. These two positions provide a unique opportunity to work on a mix of theoretical and applied aspects of truly multidisciplinary problems through the fusion of computational models with open data.

Salary: (Level A, Step 6-8 payable to PhD holders) $78,525 - $84,291 per annum.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 17% applies.

Term of position: These fixed-term contracts are available immediately for a period of three years.

Position requirements

To be successful in this role, you should have:

  • PhD in Applied Mathematics/Statistics, or a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake high quality research in mathematical modelling
  • Demonstrated experience in computer programming with relevance to mathematics

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Dr. Lewis Mitchell,

To apply, click here.

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