Organization/Institution: NICTA (National ICT Australia)
Researchers (Optimisation)

At least 2 positions available for researchers on the interface of optimization, social choice
and machine learning.
Competitive Salary: 85K-110K Australian, incl. superannuation.
Duration: Up to 3 years in the first instance.
Research project: Optimisation, Preferences and Mechanism Design in Social Networks.

NICTA (National ICT Australia) is Australia’s Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence. Our
primary goal is to conduct world-class research generating fundamental
scientific results with an impact on society. NICTA aspires to be one
of the world’s top ten ICT research centres by 2020.

Applications are invited for researcher positions within the
Optimisation Research Group, to work with Toby Walsh and other
members of the group in Sydney.

We seek outstanding researchers who have recently received their PhD
to be part of a large, world-class optimisation group. The researchers
will join a new research project on the interface of the optimisation,
machine learning, and social networks. Social networks
are transforming the way that people and businesses interact.
However, they throw up many challenging new optimisation problems.
How do we best combine the preferences of multiple users? How do
best learn these preferences? How do we design mechanisms that use
these preferences which encourage truthful behaviour yet generate
outcomes which are (close to) optimal? Can we exploit the structure
of the social network?

Candidates should have a PhD in computer science, computational aspects
of economics, operations research, or related areas, with
a strong background in artificial intelligence, social choice,
operations research, machine learning or mechanism design. Candidates
should have a strong theoretical background, as well as programming
skills and experience in using optimisation technologies.

It is expected that all researchers will continue to build upon their
international reputation by publishing papers and attending top
conferences, while participating in projects at NICTA.

Application Instructions

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Application Instructions

Please email resume, motivation letter, short research statement, and names of 3 referees to:

Toby Walsh (

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