Senior Research Fellow at Curtin Universty

Job Title : Senior Research Fellow
Short Description : We are seeking a researcher in optimisation and operations research to help drive collaboration with industry and government partners.

Job Reference: 915053

Curtin Centre for Optimisation and Decision Science

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

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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 the link below, 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.

Applications close: 20 June 2022, 10pm AWST

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

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

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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.

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