CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Freshwater Ecological Modeling

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7235675 (Ref:cj_95880)

Posted: April 9, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The opportunity


  • Exciting postdoctoral role for an early career research with a PhD in ecology, ecohydrology, environmental science.
  • Play an integral role in high impact research focused on the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency. 


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 CERC Fellow role, you will be engaged as a part of multi-disciplinary teams to contribute to delivery of high impact aquatic ecosystem science focused on the Murray-Darling Basin, for the benefit of Australia and Australians.  You will have an ability to conduct ecological research across diverse domains including in-stream, riparian and floodplain environments involving use of ecological modelling, to underpin water management decisions.

Your duties will include:

  • Designing and implementing ecological research and monitoring programs including field data collection to inform ecological models and improved management of freshwater ecosystems.
  • Contributing to environmental assessments for Ramsar wetlands to inform climate change adaptation requirements.
  • Recognising opportunities for innovation and carry out impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals and apply non-academic impact methodology to research projects.


Location: Canberra, ACT

Salary: AU$96,329 - AU$105,517 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 95880

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as ecology, ecohydrology, environmental science. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Advanced skills and understanding of use of climate and hydrological data and models for ecological modelling and environmental assessments of freshwater ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing ecological research and monitoring programs.
  • Demonstrated engagement with stakeholders and understanding of collaborative partnerships in research.


  • Sound data management and analysis skills, including use of GIS software.
  • Demonstrated experience in using R, Python or alternative coding languages.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking and leading fieldwork and teams.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be either an:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizen;

  • Australian Permanent Resident; or

  • Australian Temporary Resident, currently residing in Australia, with an existing valid visa and unrestricted work rights for the duration of the term.

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. 


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CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


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

24 April 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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