Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Graph Neural Networks Theories and Applications


Closing in 33 days


• Level A step 6-8 (PhD) from $97,621 to $104,622, plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term for a period of 18 months


An exciting opportunity for a researcher exists in the School of Computing at Macquarie University. We are seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a team with an international reputation for producing high quality research outcomes in the area of Graph Neural Networks Theories and Applications.

You will undertake research related to the projects GNNs in Social Event Detection and Online Social Network Analysis. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise Higher Degree Research students as well as leading and collaborating on research projects in Computer Science. Candidates with relevant research experience in Graph Neural Networks, Graph Data Mining, Social Events and Missing Information are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidates with relevant research experience in AI/ML and cybersecurity are also encouraged to apply.

This position will be jointly supported by Macquarie University and Data61. The successful candidate will demonstrate an excellent track record in research, as well as personal and professional skills that can enable service and leadership contributions that will help to strengthen the academic impact and reputation. The successful applicant will work closely with Prof. Jian Yang, Prof. Michael Sheng and Dr Jia Wu in the School of Computing, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; also with Dr Surya Nepal, Dr Cecile Paris and Dr Sharif Abuadbba from Data61.

About Us

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is a young and dynamic faculty driven by the spirit of discovery. Here we nurture the next generation of science and technology innovators. From a handful of students on the University's first day, the Faculty now serves nearly 6000 students across all our programs.

The School of Computing is the home of 43 academic staff and more than 100 research students, and an ever-growing cohort of undergraduates and postgraduate coursework students. The School offers a broad range of cutting edge undergraduate and postgraduate courses and enjoys a strong research ethos.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV (including a list of two referees), a statement of research interests and achievements.

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD in Computer Science or a related discipline and/or relevant experience with combination of qualifications and skills.

  • Experience in Graph Neural Networks related research.

  • An excellent research track record in related areas as evidenced by research publications in high quality conferences (i.e., best paper awards from CORE A/A conferences) and journals.

  • Ability to undertake original experimental research, as evidenced by impactful and high-quality outputs.

  • Ability to foster a nurturing environment for research students including the provision of research student supervision.

  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability for analytical thinking and independent problem solving.

  • Enquiries: Professor Jian Yang at [email protected] or Dr Sharif Abuadbbaat [email protected]

    Applications close: Tuesday, 31 October 2023 at 11:59PM (AEST)

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    Applications Close:

    31/10/2023 11:59 PM

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    Job details


    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Graph Neural Networks Theories and Applications


    Macquarie University




    September 19, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 31, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
    The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

    A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

    Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

    The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

    The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

    To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

    Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

    Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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