First listed on: 17 July 2017

FSP Postdoctoral Fellow - Data analytics for marine environments 

  • Pursue high-impact research in Optical Sensing for Marine Environments
  • Collaborate with world leading professionals in computer vision, robotics, marine science & pattern recognition 
  • Join a cohort of early career scientists & engineers & pursue high-impact research!

The Position

Launch your Postdoctoral career, extend your professional network and greatly enhance your future in science and technology whilst solving problems in physiological sensing of animal species in marine environments. The postdoctoral fellowship is part of the CSIRO’s Active Integrated Matter (AIM) Future Science platform.  AIM is one of six Future Science Platforms funded by a new CSIRO cross-disciplinary initiative on future science that combines innovation in materials, robotics, sensing, and autonomy. Specifically, the main goal of this project is to develop energy efficient data analytics and machine learning algorithms for distributed embedded systems.

This 3 year postdoctoral fellowship focuses on research required to perform automatic recognition of sea fauna and underwater structures to assess biodiversity and health of coral reefs. You will pursue research on the unique problems to be solved in order to perform soft-calibration and photometric parameter recovery of imaging spectroscopy devices in marine environments and the production of corrected coastal ocean colour images for the aesthetic evaluation of coral reefs. This is interdisciplinary research involving physics-based vision, sensor fusion and automatic recognition above and under water.

Specifically you will:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Develop methods and techniques to assess the biodiversity and health of coral reefs making use of optical and multimodal data.
  • Process optical, acoustic and geomorphological data applicable to current reef environmental models and the production of colour corrected bottom imagery for the aesthetic evaluation of coral reefs.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location:     Canberra City – ACT Australia
Salary:         AU$78K - AU$88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        3 year specified term
Reference:  42866

For more details about this exciting opportunity click on the position details link:  Position Details

To be successful you will need:

  • Demonstrated scientific track record in statistical pattern analysis, machine learning, computer vision or image processing with first-hand experience in large scale, complex data sets.
  • Proficiency in scientific software such as Matlab or similar and programming languages such as C++ or Python.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on multi-disciplinary projects with significant scientific contributions and use-inspired focus.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Owing to the terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant full time postdoctoral experience.


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About the Future Science Platforms and the Active Integrated Matter Science Platform

Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are a major new CSIRO initiative and are multi-year investments in frontier science that will help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. The Active Integrated Matter Future Science Platform called AIM is combining materials, robotics, processing and sensing technologies and autonomous science to lead ground-breaking advances at the interface of big data, advanced autonomous systems, and materials science. These inventions and advances will drive the i-manufacturing or manufacturing 4.0 revolution and put early adopter industries ahead of the competition.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position please include with your CV/Resume and a statement addressing the essential criteria, and any other information that is relevant to the position.  Please upload these as one document.  

Applications close: 13 August 2017 (11:59pm AEST)

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