Job: CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Trust in Collaborative Intelligence Systems

Call for Applications

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Trust in Collaborative Intelligence Systems
Location: Sydney, NSW, AU; Melbourne, VIC, AU; Hobart, TAS, AU
Company: CSIRO

Applications Close: 22 November 2021

The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as Psychology, Human Factors, Social Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to develop the science that enables people and technology to seamlessly work together and augment each other across multiple domains
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

This is an exciting opportunity to be embedded in CSIRO’s new Collaborative Intelligence (CINTEL) Future Science Platform (FSP). Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. There is growing acknowledgement that the best results ensue when humans work collaboratively with machines in both physical and virtual/digital worlds. The Collaborative Intelligence (CINTEL) FSP will develop the science that enables human intelligence and technology to work harmoniously together across multiple domains, exceeding the performance of either alone.

The CINTEL FSP is about exploring “collaborative intelligence” and developing the science required to achieve it, leading to greater adoption and effective use of technology, enhanced productivity, and safety. It will also explore how people and machines work and learn together, while ensuring meaningful and rewarding work for people, where machines augment rather than substitute human intellect. Achieving this will require an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together experts in social science, engineering and computer science, with domain expertise in the areas in which collaborative intelligence is to be deployed.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a cohort of early career researchers working with top CSIRO scientists and engineers to re-think how to partner human and machine intelligence in symbiotic relationships. The emphasis will be on research at the cutting edge of an emerging field to explore how to work with machines to boost human capabilities, enhance human decision making and performance, and build human trust in machines.

The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary research team to define and characterise the nature and function of human trust in CINTEL by developing a framework to map the critical factors that contribute to trust in CINTEL. The aim of this research is to identify and empirically test which aspects of trust are important, at which stage and for whom, and how to achieve and maintain that trust. This will include developing a broad understanding of what constitutes a CINTEL system from a Human Factors’ point of view and which contextual factors may contribute to how trust in CINTEL is established (or eroded) and maintained (and how these factors are similar to or different from factors contributing to trust in related technologies such as AI or automation more broadly).

In this role you will:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. In this project, the Fellow will be required to articulate and solve research challenges associated with understanding human trust in novel collaborative technologies.
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research, including performing systematic literature surveys of research relevant to the field.
  • Carry out research investigations within a multidisciplinary team, requiring originality, creativity and innovation, including the planning, design, conduct and quantitative analysis of data from empirical studies involving human participants. This position also requires an ability to conduct qualitative inquiry to gather relevant knowledge from a variety of stakeholders, and triangulate findings from both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Produce high quality research publications and publish in various high-profile venues.

Location:  Hobart, Tasmania
Salary:  AU$89k – AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 78164

About You

We’re interested in hearing from people who can demonstrate the following:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as Psychology, Human Factors, Social Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction or related field.
  • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have less than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Highly experienced with both applied quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated research experience in a multidisciplinary team environment, in areas related to Trust in technology and/or Responsible Innovation.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.

If you meet the majority of these requirements, please consider applying.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa and able to commence as soon as possible and no later than March by 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people across society and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.  We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

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Applications Close

22 November 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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