Postdoctoral Fellow - Data Scientist

University of New South Wales



City Futures Research Centre was established in 2005 to undertake research aiming to develop a better understanding of our cities, their people, the policies that manage their growth, the issues they face and the impact they can make on our environment and economy. The Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Built Environment and is based at the University of New South Wales, Kensington campus.

City Futures Research Centre website, located at

City Analytics Lab website, located at

About the Roles

  • $76,570- 102,091 plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • 3 year Fixed-Term
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


The Postdoctoral Fellow (Urban Data Scientist) will work with UNSW’s Professor of Urban Science – Chris Pettit on a 3 year City Analytics project known as Value Australia. This position will play a key role in undertaking data scientist specific tasks including data collection, data wrangling, big data analytics including sentiment analysis. The position will be situated within the City Future Research Centre, within the Faculty of the Built Environment. The Postdoctoral Fellow will play a key role in contributing to the Centre’s work on city analytics and city data.   The successful candidate will have excellent quantitative research skills, a good publication track record, and be used to working with big data, geospatial data and advanced analytics methods.

The post provides an excellent opportunity for a motivated researcher to join an active research centre and contribute toward the formation of a world class research and teaching program in the emerging field of Urban Science. 

The purpose of the Postdoctoral Fellow position is to:

  1. Undertake research and perform urban data scientist tasks relating outputs with a focus on property and land valuation data and predictive analytics.
  2. Participate as a team member for the Value Australia project working with a dynamic team of data scientists, urban modellers and computer scientists to deliver a world class data driven city analytics toolkit for Australia


  • Collect, wrangle and process data from a variety of sources including open data, repositories, big data collections, social media and sensitive data made available to the Value Australia project.
  • Develop and undertake data analytical techniques to understand new insights into city form and function using spatial data, open data, big data and thick data.
  • Conduct oral presentations relating to the research.
  • Provide peer review and editing support as a member of the research team.
  • Write project reports to disseminate research outcomes
  • Engage with Value Australia project team, UNSW and industry partners including FrontierSI, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Valuer General’s Office NW, Liverpool City Council and Omnilink.
  • Contribute to the promotion of Centre research and the development of relationships with external partners.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the Centre.
  • Lead and assist in the preparation of research grants.
  • Assist in developing and delivering material for the City Analytics Program
  • Other duties as they arise as part of specific research projects.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the University and take all reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of others in the University.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description and state in your cover letter which position you are applying for. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Nikki Hayes

Talent Acquisition Lead

T:+61 (0)2 9385 3169

M:+61 (0)422 763 880


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