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Defence Vacancy N.N. 10688615
Department of Defence Closing date: Friday, 16 September 2016
Job Title: Lead Researcher in Computer Vision, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition
Division: Defence Science and Technology Group
Branch: National Security and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Division
Section: Intelligence Systems
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary: $111,559 - $133,905
Location: Edinburgh - SA
Classification: Executive Level 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: DSTG/01647/16
Agency Website:

Job Description


The AGE STC has a program of research and development in automation of GEOINT tips and cues for imagery sensor data. This research involves expertise in the disciplines of Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, but expertise in Machine Learning or Signal Processing may also be applicable.

The researcher will lead a team of researchers to develop novel application of these disciplines to imagery sensor data to problems specific to Defence. The researcher’s and their team’s developments will be productized by a team of supporting software engineers to enable it to be deployed to our clients and partners; this is undertaken through the Analysts’ Detection Support System (ADSS). The position includes

• Leadership of and participation in a team of researchers and developers on the creation of automation algorithms for GEOINT data.
• Develop and provide exemplar code for developed algorithms in a suitable prototyping language, preferably Python or Matlab.
• Support colleagues in the development, evaluation and transition of developed algorithms to Operational form.
• Communicate with and managing expectations of clients/partners when necessary in support of the overall program.

The candidate will have requisite knowledge and experience in image processing, computer vision or pattern recognition with a PhD, demonstrated research excellence via publications, demonstrated excellent communication skills and experience in participating in a team environment.


PhD in Image Processing, Computer Vision, or Pattern Recognition and significant postdoctoral experience warranting a senior position.

Prior to commencement successful applicants will be required to undergo a psychological assessment and an extensive security clearance process. As a Positive Vetting clearance is required, applicants must be Australian Citizens; be able to account for their personal background for their whole life; and be able to demonstrate suitability to work in a high security intelligence environment. For more information refer to the Information Pack.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

To Apply

Position Contact: Dr Jolanta Ciuk, 08 7389 6832
Agency Recruitment Site:
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This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS36-Fri - 02 Sep 2016 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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