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28 May 2021 Statement

Following the development of a new strategy, changes will be taking place within CSIRO’s Data61 business unit.

In line with Data61’s new strategic goals, investment is being directed towards: driving the development and adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Australia, putting digital science and technology at the heart of Australia’s recovery and resilience, and reinventing the way science is done using digital to revolutionise the future of scientific discovery.  
As a result of the changes, there will be approximately 100 positions created including 30 new post doctorate positions. In the short term up to 70 people in Data61 will be potentially impacted, however the number will likely be less as we work to redeploy people throughout the organisation. Within two years, given the new positions, we expect headcount to be at similar levels to today. 

During June CSIRO will begin filling a range of positions linked to Data61’s three focus area. 

New roles have been created to:

  • Bolster our core capabilities in artificial intelligence, specifically roles related to natural language processing, computer vision, machine learning, software engineering for AI and Human AI collaboration.
  • Grow our capabilities around digital technologies for recovery and resilience, specifically new roles related to Industry 4.0, natural hazard/environmental analytics, and cybersecurity.
  • Expand our program around reinventing science and digital transformation. These roles have a focus on design thinking and engineering.

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