Research Associate/Fellow – Optimisation, Optimal Control or Operations Research – Curtin University

Join an existing research group to advance the school’s research agenda Collaboration with industry partners to solve optimisation and control problems Competitive remuneration and benefits package.

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3 years fixed-term
$69,800 – $94,576 (ALA) and 17% superannuation
$99,530 – $118,115 (ALB) and 17% superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old. Curtin is Western Australia’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry partners and well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
The School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences (EECMS) was formed in 2018 to marry Curtin’s computational expertise in mathematics, statistics and computing with applications in materials science, quantum physics, signal processing and astronomy. The teaching and research programs in EECMS underpin the Curtin Institute for Computation, the Curtin-led ARC Industrial Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science, and the Curtin-Optus Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence. EECMS includes the Curtin Institute for Radio Astronomy, which plays a major leadership role in the Square Kilometre Array project, one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, and the school is at the forefront of emerging research opportunities in proton therapy, hydrogen storage, and defence technologies. 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 sits within the Mathematics and Statistics discipline of EECMS.
As a research associate/fellow, you will work as part of an existing research group to advance the school’s research agenda in optimisation, optimal control, and operations research.

The role will involve:

  • Collaborating with industry partners to develop new theory and algorithms to solve optimisation and control problems in practical applications;
  • Publishing high quality journal articles;
  • Supervising honours and post graduate students; and
  • Participating in grant applications for research funding.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research team with a passion for translating new mathematical results into real-world outcomes.

You will bring to this role

  • A PhD in optimisation, control, or operations research with a strong record of publications in high-quality international journals in these areas.
  • Demonstrated potential to work with industry and/or other disciplines on funded projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct innovative research.
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people from varying research backgrounds and evidence of strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computing skills and experience working with relevant programming languages and platforms such as Julia, Python, and AIMMS.
  • A record of active participation and presentations at major international conferences in optimisation, control, and/or operations research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently under minimal supervision while contributing to overall team performance and proven ability to meet performance deadlines.

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What we offer you

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria that can be found in the “You will bring to the role” section above.

Applications close: 10:00 PM, Monday 15 June 2020 (AWST)

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.    
Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Professor Ryan Loxton, Curtin University
Please only apply via the attached link.  Please do not send your resume direct to the above contact.


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.

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