First listed on: 12 February 2019

Ecosystem/Epidemiological Modeller 

The Opportunity

  • Carry out innovative and impactful research!
  • Work on innovative projects in our Oceans & Atmosphere team!
  • Support the sustainable use of Australia's marine resources

The successful candidate will work in a team conducting research into ecosystem-based management of the coastal and offshore waters of Australia in relation to activities such as fishing, energy, mining, tourism, environmental conservation, and urban and rural development.

Play a key role in the development of a strong program of research within a multi-disciplinary group of about 30 scientists working to support the sustainable use of Australia's marine resources. You will be required to travel, teach/supervise students and also be responsible for the development and leadership of projects including interactions with clients and relevant policy makers in the climate and natural resource management sectors.

Your duties will include

  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for client satisfaction.
  • Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and/or write scientific papers for publication. 
  • Address problems promptly and in a constructive manner, selecting the most profitable lines of attack upon a problem, preparing detailed design proposals and experimental protocols.
  • Undertake in experimental and/or observational research activities, often requiring the supervision and/or training of others to ensure experiments are established in accordance with research design, or as required.
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience, recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines.

Additional responsibilities for CSOF6 appointment:

  • Under limited direction, assist in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • As opportunities arise take on new leadership roles – both of science projects but also team and line management roles
  • Represent the CSIRO on stakeholder and expertise based panels and advisory committees

Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: CSOF5 AU$97,276 - AU$105,269 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

        CSOF6 AU$111,663 - AU$130,848 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 59998

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate and or equivalent postgraduate research experience in a relevant discipline area, such multispecies and ecosystem modelling, quantitative ecology, empirical process modelling, epidemiological modelling
  • Demonstrated experience in formulating, implementing and applying models of aquatic ecosystems, including trophic and biophysical interactions in a spatially-explicit context.
  • Understanding of ecological processes in marine environments and/or social and behavioural drivers of human behaviour (at individual, group or institutional scales)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to interact with a broad range of audience types (form lay people, to regulators, policy makers and scientific audiences), publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • A demonstrated record of publication in quality, peer reviewed journals.

Additional Essential Criteria for CSOF6 appointment

  • Substantial research experience in formulating, implementing and applying ecosystem or epidemiological models, with evidence of leading projects or team work in this area.
  • Significant demonstration of experience in the initiation of original research work and development of innovative approaches to research problems, including drawing together the information sources required for assembling ecological, ecosystem or epidemiological models.
  • Demonstrated experience with securing research funding and working with stakeholders to shape proposals and jointly developed work programs.
  • Extensive record of publication in quality, peer reviewed journals and/or the grey literature (i.e. major reports to recognised regulatory or international bodies that further health, disease or pathogen control, sustainability, conservation or resource management).

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Sunday 10 March 2019

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