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The Australian National University

Research Assistant

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Work type: Casual
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional

Classification: ANU Officer 5/6

Classification: ANU Officer 5/6 (Research)
Terms (negotiable):  Casual or fixed term 12 month contract (part-time 18 hours per week)

Hourly rate: ANU Officer 5/6 hourly rate ranges from $47.04 - $55.47 inclusive of 25% casual loading


Salary package: ANU Officer 5/6 base salary ranges from $68,704 – $81,030 per annum, plus 17% superannuation

  • Learn Web of Data and IoT technology
  • Apply your data analytics skills in a new research project
  • Contribute to improving the energy efficiency of Canberra 

Position overview

We are looking for a smart, motivated Research Assistant to work on a project aiming to improve predictive analysis of energy and water resource usage. This will be done through the integration of metering and contextual data using linked data techniques together with ontology-based data mining.

The project, supported by ACTEWAGL and Icon Water, will require the appointee to obtain a large variety of open access data that relates to household electricity usage and to manipulate and re-publish that data using the Web of Data standards such as RDF, OWL and SPARQL, together with supporting tools such as XSLT, SILK , Stardog, and various programming languages.  That data, together with de-identified electricity meter data will be mined using techniques, such OWL-Miner, which can leverage the semantic framework to discover patterns in electricity consumption. Ultimately, the patterns will be used to inform operational demand modelling.

The appointee will assist in writing project reports and research papers on the work. Experience in linked data technologies is preferred but not required, and this positon is an opportunity to learn those highly sought skills. Competence in programming and data analysis as well as broad computer science research skills are required. The project is likely to commence 1 March 2018 and is initially funded at approx. half-time for 12 months however terms are negotiable.

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is one of the premier engineering and computer science research institutions in the world.  Comprising the Research School of Computer Science and the Research School of Engineering, both are recognised as research leaders in their respective areas continuing the tradition of excellence in research and research-led education.  CECS collaborates on research projects with government and multinational corporations, helping to accelerate research and development programs and to introduce new technologies to the marketplace. CECS offers a wide range of coursework programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and also supervises students for higher degrees by research.  We offer undergraduate degrees in engineering, information technology and computer science along with masters and doctoral postgraduate programs.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Kerry Taylor via E: or T: 02 6125 8560

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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