University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Optima Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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Optima Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job no : 0052515 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-Time 1.0 FTE (fixed term for 3 years) Faculty: Faculty of Science Department/School: School of Mathematics and Statistics Salary: UOM Level A $80,258 - $108,906 - Level B $114,645-$136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Work closely with OPTIMA's Chief Investigators, research students, postdoctoral research fellows, the OPTIMA Manager, as well as academic and professional staff from both OPTIMA locations
  • Be responsible for advancing optimisation methodologies, developing open-source software tools, co-supervising Masters and PhD students, collaborating with industry partners, and communicating and disseminating the research results that are not commercial-in-confidence.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!
  • About the Role You will be a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA). You will conduct world-class research and provide training for research students working in industrial optimisation. The research program involves a focus on model-based and black- box optimisation methodologies of relevant to a broad range of industry partner optimisation challenges. You will be responsible for advancing optimisation methodologies, developing open-source software tools, co- supervising Masters and PhD students, collaborating with industry partners, and communicating and disseminating the research results that are not commercial-in-confidence.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • You are expected to significantly contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop your research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy.
  • Under the guidance and support of Senior Academic staff, conduct internationally competitive research in optimisation, either as a member of a team or independently, resulting in publications in high-quality journals and conferences, and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings as opportunities arise
  • Co-supervise or, where appropriate, supervise honours, coursework masters or postgraduate research students, and research support staff within the field of the staff member's area of research.
  • Who We Are Looking For You will have a proven ability to conduct exceptional research in optimisation, evidenced by a strong record of peer-reviewed publications relative to their post-PhD experience. You should also possess expertise in at least one of the following areas: operations research, constraint programming, evolutionary computation, computational optimisation, machine learning, stochastic optimisation, optimisation in the energy sector, and should have the capability to mentor and inspire postgraduate and honours research students.

    You will also have:

  • Completion of a PhD in a field of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or engineering or related discipline
  • Potential to earn income through nationally competitive external research granting bodies
  • Demonstrated capacity to work constructively and collaboratively with colleagues in furthering the aims of OPTIMA, and an ability to work in multidisciplinary research or teaching teams
  • Significant experience with programming computational algorithms
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

    Your New Team – Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA). Headquartered in The University of Melbourne, OPTIMA brings together the various interdisciplinary fields with advanced optimisation technologies – mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, and economics. OPTIMA has 120 members, including18 chief investigators across the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and a further 13 partner investigators across our industry organisations and three international partner universities. This role will be placed in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

    About the University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

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    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

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    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)
  • ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Advertised: 19 Sep 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 19 Oct 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Job details


    Optima Postdoctoral Research Fellow


    University of Melbourne




    September 19, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 19, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering,Mathematics

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

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