Data Scientist - Innovation Central Perth (ICP)

Location: Perth
Job Type: Contract/Temp
Contact: Andrew Rohl
Email: email Andrew
Reference: CURTIN43


Job No: CURTIN43
Location: Perth

12 months fixed term, full-time with the possibility of extension

$98,744 - $105,304 (G08) + 9.5% superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 50 in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). In recent years, Curtin has climbed significantly in global league tables and in the 2016 Nature Index results, Curtin was named as a rising star, the most collaborative of the Australian universities, and the biggest Australian mover. Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.

ICP based at Curtin’s Bentley campus is a state-of-the-art collaborative community developing ingenious solutions for cloud, analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) network platforms. By creating an environment that fosters collaboration, small-to-medium enterprises, industry experts and researchers can develop original and inventive solutions through rapid prototyping and proofs-of-concept to tackle real business problems. ICP is a collaboration led by Cisco with partners Curtin, Data61 and Woodside.

Help us build Curtin’s future.

Your new role

A rare opportunity exists for a Data Scientist to join as a key member of the Innovation Central Perth (ICP). The role involves engaging with external parties, working with them to establish projects suitable for the ICP (i.e. proof-of-concept projects) and then working on the technical aspects of these projects in the data analytics and operations research areas.

  • Work with organisations (SMEs, Industry, Government etc) wishing to engage with the ICP to develop suitable projects that meet the requirements of both the ICP and the organisation.
  • Development of problem specific analytics/optimisation algorithms required to support specified ICP projects.
  • Work directly with ICP staff and external organisations to design and build prototype software and visualisations for specified projects.
  • Collaborate with the computational specialists within the Curtin Institute for Computation and the data scientists within Curtin Teaching and Learning to ensure that the analytics solutions developed have the widest applicability.
  • Provide plain English summaries and updates to the ICP partners on the projects undertaken in the ICP.
  • Contribute to research activities such as assisting in grant proposal development, writing publications etc.

Position Description

You will bring to this role
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant quantitative discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research) with extensive relevant experience;
  • Proficiency in data science, statistics, mathematical modelling, and/or optimisation techniques;
  • Proficiency in at least one analytics scripting language (such as R, Python, MATLAB);
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to understand and effectively tackle challenging problems;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as autonomously;
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate complex, technical concepts to non-technical clients and consult and liaise with personnel across all levels and disciplines;
  • Demonstrated understanding of developments in software systems and algorithms where they apply to data science and operations research;
  • Demonstrated well-developed written communication skills with the ability to construct clear and concise reports and correspondence.

A doctoral qualification in a quantitative discipline such as computer science, mathematics, statistics or operations research is advantageous.

What we offer you

The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

Valuing diversity and affirmative action

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.

Curtin University has a bold vision to be one of the leading institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Curtin is now entering an excitingphase as it focuses on further building its research capacity and improving its already strong reputation for innovation in learning andteaching.

Explore some more Innovation Central Perth (ICP)

Contact details

To apply complete the application form below. Applications close: 5 pm, Saturday 28 April 2018

For more information contact

Professor Andrew Rohl, Director, Curtin Institute for Computation



Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.