newEL 2 (S&T 6) - Research Specialist Semantic Cognition

Date Posted: Just posted

Job Description

  • $123,159 - $147,828 (plus super)
  • Edinburgh - SA

The Role
Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division is seeking a thought leader in the field of semantic cognition to undertake research that underpins reasoning and decision making in neuro-symbolic agents. The researcher will be responsible for generating concepts and insights at the intersection of machine intelligence and information warfare, and in particular for developing the foundational science and technology for automated skill and knowledge acquisition in complex, uncertain and turbulent environments.

Applicants should have demonstrated experience working with first order logics, knowledge representation and cognition. They should also demonstrate a high level of initiative and scientific integrity. They will be expected to engage with collaborators within DSTG, in academia or in industry in order to deliver Defence-related S&T outcomes.

About our Team
Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division undertakes research and development focused on identifying, analysing and countering threats to Australia's defence and national security through electronic means.

Contested Communications Major Science &Technology Capability's mission is to develop survivable tactical communications and electronic warfare solutions for contested and degraded cyber electromagnetic environments. Information Warfare Command and Control (IWC2) Science & Technology Capability conducts research and development of command and control (C2) technologies for fighting in and through the contested information environment.

Information warfare (IW) occurs within the machine, and necessitates an approach that relies heavily on autonomous operation of cyber, EW and influence operations capabilities, under the oversight of a human command element.

IWC2 research themes include:

  • Information warfare C2 paradigms
  • Antifragile multi-agent architectures
  • Autonomous control methodologies
  • Machine-human integration
  • Causal modelling
  • Scalable and elastic coordination technologies

Our Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidate will have the ability to identify research challenges, formulate research plans and undertake impactful research. You will be a mover and shaker, who knows how to engage with external collaborators and influence their field. You will be able to exercise your expertise to shape and influence strategic decisions about science and technology for Defence impact. You will have a demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders, team members and collaborators. You will be innately curious.

A background in one or more of the following areas will be valued:
  • First order logics, formal languages, semantic frameworks
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Machine intelligence algorithms
  • Cyber warfare
  • Electronic warfare
  • Influence operations
  • Command and control principles

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