Lecturer in Applied Statistics @Curtin

Closing date: 10 October 2023; 17:00 AWST
Campus: Curtin University; School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences (EECMS)
Remuneration: $110,442 – $130,829 (ALB) per annum, plus 17% superannuation
Status: 3-year fixed term
Job Reference: 1099002

A new role for a statistician to teach data science and contribute to research programs in applied/industrial statistics.

The School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences (EECMS) combines computational expertise in mathematics, statistics, and computing with applications in materials science, quantum physics, signal processing, and astronomy. EECMS contains several major research centres and institutes including the Curtin Institute for Computation, the Curtin Centre for Optimisation and Decision Science, the Curtin Institute for Radio Astronomy, and the Optus-Curtin Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence. These centres lead significant research and development programs with industry and government partners across the mining, energy, agriculture, and defence sectors. EECMS offers an accredited actuarial science course, one of only seven in Australia and the only one in Western Australia, with a strong focus on applied statistics and data analytics.

Your new role

This role is part of the Mathematics and Statistics discipline of EECMS.

As a lecturer in Applied Statistics, you will play a major role in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in data science, statistics, and actuarial science, as well as supervising student research projects at undergraduate, masters, and PhD levels. You will contribute to developing the data science courses at Curtin and building relationships with partner universities and international campuses. Your teaching will be underpinned by an active demand-driven research program with industry and government that drives real-world impact and inspires students.

This position will contribute to EECMS’s priority areas of mining/resources and defence through applied research in data science and statistics. EECMS already has several large-scale collaborative research and development programs underway in these areas. There is significant potential to expand existing work and develop new opportunities through Curtin University’s Trailblazer program in critical minerals and resources technology (which provides $50 million in federal government funding to support commercialisation and demand-driven research with industry), and the Australian defence force’s recently-announced AUKUS submarine program (which will involve establishing a nuclear submarine base in Western Australia).

As this is a 3-year position you will be required to have permanent work rights in Australia. Relocation assistance and visa sponsorship may be considered.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Ryan Loxton, Director, Curtin Centre for Optimisation and Decision Science, r.loxton@curtin.edu.au.

About Us

Curtin University is one of the world’s top 200 universities according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings. We offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements and superannuation, flexible working arrangements, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

For more information about our university, please visit www.curtin.edu.au.

To apply

Please provide a cover letter, your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Selection criteria

  • A doctoral qualification in mathematical sciences.
  • A track record of publications in high-quality international journals in the statistics and mathematical science areas, commensurate with experience level and assessed relative to opportunity.
  • Experience developing statistical methods in collaborative research and development and/or consulting projects with industry, assessed relative to opportunity.
  • A strong theoretical background in statistics and computational methods.
  • Ability to successfully teach statistics and supervise research students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Potential to attract research funding through grants and consulting, particularly in the priority areas of defence and resources/mining.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain mathematical and statistical concepts to a non-technical audience.

This position may involve research with defence organisations where the ability to successfully apply for an Australian security clearance would be highly beneficial. The successful candidate may be required to undertake work on, or be provided with, technical information that is restricted by the Department of Defence. In accordance with these restrictions, any applicant born outside Australia or who holds, or has previously held, citizenship or permanent residency of a country other than Australia will be required to declare and indicate the country of birth, citizenships or permanent residencies, and this information may be considered relevant to selection.

Applications close: 5PM Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Tuesday 10 October 2023.

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have a query in relation to the application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

For more information, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser: http://staff.curtin.edu.au/job-vacancies/?ja-job=1099002

Senior/Research Fellow in Economic Modelling @Victoria University

Location: Centre of Policy Studies; Victoria University, City Queen Campus
Position: Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Economic Modelling
Level: B or C, depending on experience
Duration: to 31 December 2024, with expectation of ongoing renewal
Close Date: 3 October 2023

This is a full-time position with the classification depending on experience at either a Research Fellow Academic B ($101,598–$120,647) or Senior Research Fellow Academic C ($124,457–$143,506) plus 17% superannuation. Working 36.75 hours (1.0 FTE) per week over a fixed term contract period (to 31 December 2024) there is the expectation of ongoing renewal of the contract subject to performance and budget.

  • Join a world leading research institution
  • Work in a high performing and motivated team
  • The position is located at our City Queen Campus.

About us

The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) is a Research Centre within Victoria University (VU) Research. We have been at the forefront of economic research and policy analysis for almost half a century and are renowned for development, application and training in computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling. CoPS’ staff are the creators of many high profile CGE models, and the economic modelling software package, GEMPACK, used in over ninety-five countries.

About the role

We are looking for an exceptional Ph.D qualified economist, mathematician or computer scientist to contribute to our research program and make a significant mark in the field of economy-wide modelling. You will be an integral part of a research team that undertakes contract research studies on diverse policy topics for private and public sector agencies all around the world. Recent CoPS studies have covered a wide range of policy topics in such areas as: tax, trade, macro policy, climate change, water policy, banking and finance, migration, major projects, microeconomic reform, transport, and labour markets. Working together with the Director of CoPS and other senior CoPS staff, the researcher will be required to undertake research in the development, application and/or computation of large-scale economy-wide models.

About the person

The position will appeal to a researcher who has a strong background in applied economics or a relevant quantitative background in applied mathematics or computer science, and who values the importance of detailed quantitative analysis in informing evidence-based decision making in economics. The position represents an excellent opportunity for a person with the necessary modelling skills to join and play a leading research role in this highly regarded research centre. The ideal candidate should have the ability to identify and develop potential collaborations with industry partners, governmental bodies, and other relevant stakeholders. This requires skills in understanding rigorous academic principles and real-world applications, and bridging the gap between the two. The position requires a strong desire to work collaboratively in a team environment, together with a demonstrated record of research output in the form of publications, conference papers, reports, external engagements, and/or professional and/or technical contributions in the area of policy applications of large-scale economic models.


An example of duties you may perform will include:

  •  Undertake economic research for a range of national and international public agencies.
  •  Develop a range of regional, national and global economic models, and apply these models to diverse areas of current public policy interest.
  • Train others in the development and application of large-scale economic models.
  • Translate your work into public reports, academic publications, media engagement, and other outreach activities.

How to apply

Depending on qualifications and experience, the position will be classified at either Level B (Research Fellow) or Level C (Senior Research Fellow). Applicants should state and support their desired level of appointment in their application.

  • For a detailed position description for a Research Fellow Level B, please click here.
  • For a detailed position description for a Senior Research Fellow Level C, please click here.

Applications must be submitted as a single document comprising:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. Your curriculum vitae/résumé;
  3. Your academic transcripts; and,
  4. Your responses to the key selection criteria listed in the position description.

For further information relating to the position, please contact James Giesecke, Professor (Research) & Director C by email at james.giesecke@vu.edu.au.

For further information relating to the recruitment process, please contact Maxim Zervos, People & Culture Officer by email at maxim.zervos@vu.edu.au.

Applications close on Tuesday the 3rd of October, 2023 (11:59pm AEST)

PhD Scholarship at CSIRO & Monash

Location: CSIRO, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Closing Date: 31 October 2023
Duration: 3 years
Scholarship Title: Development of physics-constrained reduced order modelling of thermally driven flows

Monash University in conjunction with the CSIRO has an exciting opportunity for a PhD candidate to undertake research on the development of physics-constrained reduced order modelling of thermally driven flows. This fundamental research would enable the rapid computation, sensitivity analysis and robust design in many applications including: energy generation systems; heating, ventilation and cooling; and climate change response under varying levels of future greenhouse gas forcing.

Candidates must have:

  • an outstanding knowledge of mathematics and/or theory of fluid mechanics;
  • programming experience (e.g. python, Julia, C/C++, F90);
  • experience in numerical simulations and/or machine learning.

The successful candidate will be eligible for a top-up scholarship up to $10,000 per year.
Closing date for Australian permanent residents and citizens and NZ citizens is: 31st October 2023.

For further details, click here.