Welcome to the March 2021 update of the Australian Data Science Network (ADSN), a partnership of 19 data science research centres and organisations across the nation. The aim of the ADSN is to connect the concentrations of expertise in data science across Australia, in order to improve communication, encourage collaboration, expand opportunities, and promote our individual and collective capabilities. To make sure you don’t miss an update, subscribe to the ADSN Newsletter to get the latest news, events and opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.

Career opportunities

📍 ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (Level A) | Applications close 28 March | University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide is seeking to appoint an applied mathematician/data scientist for 3 years. The successful applicant will work within the School of Mathematical Sciences on an exciting ARC funded project combining mathematical modelling of dynamics on networks, data science, information theory, and social media analysis. Apply now

📍 Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Professor in Biostatistics | Applications close 30 April | University of Queensland

Opportunity to lead the biostatistics teaching and research in the School of Public Health, one of the top-ranking schools in Australasia. The successful appointee will be required to demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, service and engagement, including a strong track record of supervising Higher Degree by Research students to completion, and of demonstrating impact in their research and engagement activities. Apply now

Scholarship opportunities

📌 PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Zero-Dimensional Symmetry Research Group | EOIs close 31 March | The University of Newcastle

A Ph.D. position is available to work with Dr Stephan Tornier and other members of the Zero-Dimensional Symmetry Research Group on the ARC DECRA project “Effective classification of closed vertex-transitive groups acting on trees”.

The successful candidate is expected to be able to work independently and self-motivated, as well as contribute collaboratively to the research team. Direct your expression of interest to Dr Tornier

📌 Services Australia Data Science PhD Scholarships | Applications close 6 April | QUT Centre for Data Science
This is an outstanding opportunity to engage in data science of national scale and significance while gaining your PhD. The successful applicants will gain valuable real-world experience with a well-established team within Services Australia with excellent academic supervision through QUT’s Centre for Data Science. Learn more about the process and how to apply now

📌 QUT Centre for Data Science / Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Scholarships | EOIs close 11 April | QUT Centre for Data Science

The QUT Centre for Data Science / Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Scholarships seeks to undertake timely, data-informed insights about the Queen’s Wharf development that will inform communities and governments of similar large-scale infrastructure projects. To be considered for this scholarship, you will be invited to apply for and be accepted into a PhD at QUT. Find out more about the application process

Upcoming events

📆 Virtual Public Lecture – The Mathematics of Knots | 1 April 2021, 12pm-1pm AEDT | ACEMS

We encounter knots in everyday life – for example in phone chargers and shoelaces. A mathematical knot is obtained by fusing together the ends of a phone charger or shoelace. In this online lecture, Professor Purcell provides an introduction to knot theory looking closely at some of the modern tools used to study them. Register for the webinar

📆 Data Science Under the Hood: Getting to the Heart of Variability | 8 April 2021, 2pm-3pm AEST | QUT Centre for Data Science

We encounter knots in everyday life – for example in phone chargers and shoelaces. A mathematical knot is obtained by fusing together the ends of a phone charger or shoelace. In this online lecture, Professor Purcell introduces knot theory looking closely at some of the modern tools used to study them. Register for the webinar

News highlights

📰 One year of COVID-19: Aussie jobs, business and the economy | Published 17 March | Australian Bureau of Statistics

The ABS has traced the dramatic impacts of COVID-19 on Aussie jobs, industry and the economy in the year that followed, from the record lows through to the first signs of economic recovery. Learn how the story unfolded by exploring data

📰 Five remarkable stories of flora and fauna in the aftermath of Australia’s horror bushfire season | Published 17 March | UNSW

Community scientists have been photographing animals and plants in the months after the Black Summer fires. Each observation is a story of survival against the odds, or of tragedy. Read more about the full impact

📰 We’ve designed a safe ‘virtual’ epidemic. Spreading it is going to help us learn about COVID | Published 13 March | ACEMS

One of the biggest challenges in managing the coronavirus pandemic has been a lack of real-time information about the virus’ spread. A team of researchers, including several ACEMS members, have developed the Safe Blues project. Read the full story in The Conversation

📰 Finding quvigints in a quantum treasure map | Published 11 March | University of Queensland

UQ Researchers have struck quantum gold—and created a new word—by enlisting machine learning to efficiently navigate a 20-dimensional quantum treasure map. Discover more about the team’s research findings

📰 Use Zoom? You already know what image matting is. PhD student Yutong Dai wants to make it work better | Published 8 March | AIML

Over the past 12 months of video conference calls, some of us have learnt to block the view of our messy home. This works thanks to a technology called image matting. Through her PhD project, Yutong Dai wants to make the technology even better. Learn more about Yutong’s project

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