CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Livestock Systems Modelling

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Armidale, Australia

Job posting number: #7102435 (Ref:cj_85123)

Posted: June 14, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in agricultural science or similar?
  • Want to conduct world class research and development with a team of dedicated professionals?
  • 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.


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-organisation, inter-disciplinary team delivering cutting edge research and development in a project supported by an Innovation Grant from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The project ‘Decide and Thrive’ will develop innovative and regionally relevant livestock ranking strategies to help businesses minimise the impacts of drought and preserve agricultural landscapes.


The successful candidate will work with leaders in the field to develop and/or apply quantitative livestock grazing models to investigate and evaluate drought resilience strategies, and to communicate and liaise with stakeholders to build and deliver successful research outcomes.

Your duties will include:


  • Development and application of quantitative models for the understanding of livestock grazing systems, with a view on optimising stocking decisions when preparing for, during and recovering from drought events.
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team across organisations, delivering to firm timelines.
  • Contribute to scientific approach, identification and implementation of key metrics, evaluation of selection strategies in a drought resilience context.
  • Working with third-party data sets will require an understanding and willingness to learn about requirements of working with confidential data.
  • Curation, handling, and analysis of complex and disparate data sets.


Location: Armidale, NSW

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 85123

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as agricultural sciences, animal/ruminant nutritional sciences, agricultural systems modelling, or similar.  To be eligible for this role you must have at least 1 and no more than 4 years (full-time or equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Proficiency or proven ability to acquire proficiency in one or more programming languages such as Python, C#, or similar.
  • Experience in the development and/or application of quantitative models for understanding agricultural and/or pastoral grazing systems.


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.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

14 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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