Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mathematics and Statistics

University of Queensland



Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job No:509443

Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($67,542.89 - $90,982.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia


School of Mathematics and Physics

The School of Mathematics and Physics is a School within the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland. The Discipline of Mathematics is located in the School of Mathematics and Physics. It is the leading provider of tertiary mathematics education in Queensland. Undergraduate programs offered are BMath, BSc, BA (each with an Honours year) and BAdvSci; Coursework degrees (MSc, MFinMath, MDataSc) and research degrees (MPhil and PhD) are offered at postgraduate level.

The Discipline is internationally recognised for its research excellence and hosts a number of first class research centres. Research is carried out at the cutting edge across a broad spectrum of areas in Mathematics and Statistics.

The position is based at the St. Lucia campus of The University of Queensland, one of the most spacious and attractive university campuses in Australia. The campus is centrally located near major public transport routes.

Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the school’s web site at

Information about the Faculty and the School may be accessed on the Faculty’s web site at

About This Opportunity

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer (Level B) position is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor position in the US.

Our Ideal Candidate

We look for a highly motivated and strong candidate to work with us on exciting theoretical and algorithmic challenges related to Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes, and its applications in fishery management. The candidate should have completed or is nearing the completion of a relevant PhD degree, with evidence of contribution to high-quality research. Specific requirements are included in the Position Description document. In particular, the following knowledge and skills will be valuable

  • Background in mathematical modelling of animal populations.
  • Understanding of (Partially Observable) Markov Decision Processes.
  • Familiarity with the theory and implementation of Monte Carlo techniques.
  • Knowledge of one or more standard machine learning platforms, such as Scikit-learn, PyTorch, and Tensorflow.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time fixed term position at Research Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,342 - $92,782, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File Postdoctoral Research Fellow.pdf

Our Selection Process

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an online interview. The interview will start with a 10 minutes presentation by the candidate, which will be an introduction of the candidate and the candidate’s current research interests. This will be followed by 20 minutes of questions based on around your research and the project. 


To discuss this role please contact Professor Dirk Kroese at

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Advertised: 17 Jan 2020
Applications close: 15 Feb 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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