Expression-of-Interest

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Autonomic Cyber Resilience
2 PhD Scholarships in Autonomic Cyber Resilience

Swinburne University of Technology
March 2018

Expressions of interest are sought from prospective candidates for Postdoctoral 
Research Fellow and 2 PhD Scholarships in Autonomic Cyber Resilience at the 
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. The positions are 
being created within in a dynamic research team working on a significant 
collaborative research project "Autonomic Computing for Resilient Cyber 
Operations in Contested Environments" between the Swinburne University of 
Technology, Data61 of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research 
Organisation (CSIRO) and the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

The project aims to research and develop a comprehensive solution for 
distributed autonomic computing for autonomous cyber defence based on 
autonomous agents and distributed constraint satisfaction/optimisation 
(DisCSP/DisCOP) techniques, focusing specifically on autonomic self-* 
properties pertaining to system deployment, configuration and reliability. It 
involves addressing critical problems of decentralized coordination, 
synchronization and goal-sensitive decision-making via negotiation protocols, 
policy-based frameworks and formal languages, higher-order optimality taking 
into account a variety of whole-of-system goals and strategies, and 
evaluation/self-evaluation techniques based on the modelling and quantification 
of cyber resilience.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow position will require a Ph.D. degree in 
Computer Science, Software Engineering or other relevant field, and 
demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: 
Autonomic Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Agent Technology, Distributed 
Constraint Optimisation and/or Distributed Computing. It will also require 
proven ability to carry out innovative research, manage research activities and 
effectively collaborate with other researchers and software engineers in a 
multi-organisation R&D team environment. The willingness and ability to learn 
new technical domains, and excellent communication, technical reporting and 
scientific writing skills are also required for this position.

The PhD candidates will need to have at least the equivalent attainment to 
Bachelor with first class honours in Computer Science, Software Engineering or 
other relevant field. Knowledge and research interests related to Autonomic 
Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Agent Technology, Distributed Constraint 
Optimisation and/or Distributed Computing are desirable. The willingness and 
ability to learn new technical domains, excellent communication skills, and 
technical reporting and scientific writing abilities are expected from the PhD 
candidates. Australian citizens are highly encouraged for PhD positions.

The prospective candidates for Postdoctoral Research Fellow position and PhD 
Scholarships are encouraged to express their interest immediately as they are 
expected to be available from April 2018 (Postdoctoral Research Fellow for 1 
year with possible extension to 2 years, and PhD Scholarships for 3 years with 
possible extension for further 6 months). The interested candidates are invited 
to send enquires and register their interest by submitting a short CV, 
transcripts and motivation letter summarising their relevant experience and 
interests to Prof. Ryszard Kowalczyk (rkowalc...@swin.edu.au).


Prof. Dr Ryszard Kowalczyk
Professor of Intelligent Systems
Director, Swinburne Key Lab for Intelligent Software Systems
Head, Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents Technology Research Group
School of Software and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

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