CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Natural Disaster Modelling

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7090599 (Ref:cj_80029)

Posted: December 14, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • Want to conduct world class research with a team of dedicated professionals? 
  • Contribute to innovative scientific solutions to natural disaster management  
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


In this position you will undertake research in developing innovative scientific solutions to natural disaster management that enhances the resilience and value of our natural environments.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of ecologists, data scientists and geospatial modellers that are collaborating to develop a platform for rapid prediction and visualisation of the threats posed by natural disasters to the natural environment. You will apply your knowledge of state-of-the-art biogeographical modelling, including AI/ML approaches, to develop high quality geospatial datasets and predictive models that integrate climate, biophysical and biodiversity data as extreme events unfold. You will contribute to the development of a computing platform and cloud infrastructure required for dissemination of the data and also collaborate to identify additional sources of data and model outputs that will be of immediate value to the biodiversity management community and to scale models appropriate to research goals.

Your duties will include:

  • Constructing models that simulate the current severity and extent of drought and fire using near real-time climate and remote sensing data.
  • Quantifying the impacts of drought and fire on plant species based on continent-wide specimen and trait datasets.
  • Applying natural language processing, deep learning and/or other AI/ML techniques to enhance the quality of plant specimen databases and species distribution models.
  • Working with external conservation managers to identify plant species, communities and ecosystems that are likely to be increasingly threatened by extreme events under climate change.


Location:  Canberra, ACT

Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  80029

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as spatial modelling, preferably with significant experience in AI/ML applications to data analytics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in the development of predictive geospatial models or species distribution modelling.
  • Experience with analysis of large and complex meteorological, biodiversity or geophysical data sets.
  • A high level of skill in Python, R or other programming language(s) (e.g., C, C++, Perl). 


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 30 June 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

30 January 2022,11:00pm AEDT

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