Research Fellow in Optimisation

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Feb 13, 2023

Job Description:

Job no: 0058660
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time/Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Level A – $97,558 - $104,717 p.a. (PhD entry-level $97,558) p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the School of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics is one of Australia's leading mathematics and statistics schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School offers a wide range of subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in aspects of community life that impact on the interests of the School and the discipline.

About the Role
This Research Fellow will be expected to work closely with Dr Matthew K. Tam and Dr Minh N. Dao on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research program Distributed Optimisation without Central Coordination (funded under the Discovery Program). While the research program is guided by a set of research questions, there will be considerable scope for this Research Fellow to develop their own ideas within a broader research agenda.

Responsibilities include:

The incumbent is expected to significantly contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop their research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy.

About You
You have experience within at least one of the following: continuous optimisation, distributed optimisation, monotone operator splitting, nonsmooth and variational analysis, or federated learning. You will be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion.

You will also have:

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About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
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