Research Fellow in Optimisation and Operations Research@Curtin

Closing date: 21 June 2022
Campus: Curtin University, Perth; Curtin Centre for Optimisation and Decision Science
Remuneration: $91,431 – $125,937 p.a. +17% superannuation
Status: Fixed-term full-time research position (4 years)

The Curtin Centre for Optimisation and Decision Science contains 13 full-time staff who specialise in the optimisation and control of complex systems. To continue its growth trajectory, the Centre is seeking a new postdoctoral researcher or senior research fellow to work on demand-driven research projects, conduct high-quality research in mathematical optimisation and operations research, and help drive research funding opportunities. This is a research-focused position reporting to the centre director. The successful candidate will be provided with career development and mentoring opportunities as part of a young, dynamic group in optimisation. The position will suit specialists in operations research and mathematical optimisation, as well as computational mathematicians who are interested in pursuing a demand-driven research pathway.

The Curtin Centre for Optimisation and Decision Science is part of the School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences, which brings together Curtin University’s expertise in data science, artificial intelligence, and digital technologies. Other major collaborative ventures in the school include the Optus-Curtin Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence, the ARC Industrial Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science, the Cisco Centre for Networks, and the Curtin Institute for Computation.

In this role you will:

• Work on optimisation research projects with industry and government partners
• Participate in proposals for research funding and professional consultancy
• Conduct high-quality scholarly research in optimisation and operations research
• Work in partnership with industry and government to translate research findings into real-world impact and commercialisation opportunities
• Supervise and mentor PhD and honours students
• Disseminate research findings through publications in peer-reviewed international journals and through seminars, workshops, and conferences

Why choose Curtin?

• Young, vibrant university that is ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities and QS World University Rankings
• New research centre in optimisation, with external collaborations across all sectors of the economy, including mining, energy, agriculture, defence, and manufacturing
• Balanced university where both fundamental and applied research are valued
• Easily accessible campus with gym, childcare, wellness programs, and medical and counselling services
• Flexible working arrangements
• Located in Perth, the world’s sixth most liveable city according to the 2021 Global Liveability Index by the Economist Group
• Excellent maternity leave arrangements
• One of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia

For further information on Curtin’s employee benefits visit

We are looking for someone with:

• A doctoral qualification in mathematics or a related area
• A track record of publications in high-quality international journals in optimisation, operations research, or computational mathematics
• A strong theoretical background in computational algorithms, preferably advanced techniques in integer programming and combinatorial optimisation
• Excellent computing skills and experience working with relevant programming languages and platforms such as Julia, Python, and AIMMS
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain mathematical concepts to a non-technical audience
• Interest in demand-driven research, consulting, and research commercialisation
• The ability to translate high-level, loosely defined business challenges into precise problem statements that can be tackled using optimisation techniques

Next steps

To apply, please complete the online application form via this link, noting we cannot accept resumes sent to the below email address.

Please provide a cover letter and resume as well as sufficient information and examples relating to the relevant selection criteria (outlined above) to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.

Contact details

If you have any further queries regarding the role, please contact Professor Ryan Loxton, Director, Curtin Centre for Optimisation and Decision Science,

If you have a query in relation to the application process, please contact our careers team on

For more information, please click this link.