Associate Professor or Professor at Curtin University

• $151,317 – $194, 454 (ALD – ALE) plus 17% superannuation
• 5 year full-time research role. Potential continuing appointment available
• Help shape the future of optimisation and applied mathematics at Curtin
• Please apply through the Curtin University job board:
• Application closing date 10:00pm AWST, Friday 15th October 2021

Job Reference: 780919
School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences
The School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences at Curtin University brings together the university’s expertise in data science, artificial intelligence, and digital technologies. The school includes several major collaborative ventures with industry and government, including 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.
Optimisation is one of the school’s core research themes and the optimisation group in the school (part of the mathematics and statistics discipline) is a key pillar in Curtin University’s data science portfolio. The university is now seeking a new professor or associate professor to provide academic leadership within the optimisation group, expand the group’s collaborations with industry and government, and foster and lead new demand-driven research funding opportunities. This is a research-focused position reporting to the group director. The successful candidate will be a senior member of the mathematics and statistics discipline at Curtin and will play a leading role in shaping the future of applied mathematics and data science at the university.
In this role you will…..

  • Initiate and lead optimisation research projects with industry, government, and university partners
  • Seek and obtain research funding from various sources, including competitive grant programs, other industry and government funding channels, and professional consulting
  • Conduct high-quality scholarly research in optimisation and other areas of applied and computational mathematics
  • Work in partnership with industry and government to translate research findings into real-world impact and commercialisation opportunities
  • Disseminate research findings through publications in peer-reviewed international journals and through seminars, workshops, and conferences
  • Advance Curtin University’s international research standing in applied mathematics and computational mathematics
  • Supervise and mentor research fellows, PhD students, and honours students within the Curtin Optimisation Group
  • Lead advocacy efforts for optimisation and mathematics within the university and the wider community
  • Provide research leadership and foster a strong research culture within the Curtin Optimisation Group and the wider Mathematics and Statistics discipline

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
  • Growing research group in optimisation, with external collaborations across all sectors of the economy, including mining, energy, agriculture, defence, and manufacturing
  • Easily accessible campus with gym, child care, 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
  • New Curtin Exchange innovation precinct
  • One of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia

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We are looking for someone with……

  • A doctoral qualification in mathematics or a related area
  • A strong record of research income via competitive grants, industry funding, and other research and development support mechanisms
  • An established record of publications in high-quality international journals in optimisation and operations research, consistent with a leader in the field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain technical and mathematical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • The ability to translate high-level, loosely-defined business challenges into precise problem statements that can be tackled using optimisation and data science techniques
  • A strong record of inter-disciplinary research collaboration with partners outside of academia
  • The ability to lead, foster, and promote the development of a collegial and supportive working environment
  • Experience supervising postdoctoral researchers and research students
  • Passion for demand-driven research, research translation, and research commercialisation
  • Experience with professional consulting

Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume to include sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role. 

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Applications close: 10:00pm AWST, Friday 15th October 2021

Contact details

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

If you have any further queries regarding the role, please contact: Professor Ryan Loxton, Discipline Lead – Mathematics and Statistics,

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF – Direct Advice for Dads, 2019)


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. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.