First listed on: 16 April 2019

Research Scientist 

The Opportunity

  • Are you a Systematist with a special interest in beetles (Coleoptera)?
  • Contribute to the systematics of Australian biodiversity.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

This is an opportunity for a Systematist with a special interest in beetles (Coleoptera) to make a substantial contribution to ANIC, the largest and most significant collection of Australian insects in the world, by delivering an overarching project on the Australian weevils, the production of a dedicated volume on Curculionoidea as Volume 4 of the “Australian Beetles” book series, edited by John Lawrence and Adam Slipinski and published by CSIRO Publishing.

To be successful in this role you will be enthusiastic about making a substantial, hands-on contribution to the systematics of Australian biodiversity by preparing and executing very large, morphology-based volume containing identification keys and a review of close to 800 genera of Australian weevils. Excellent knowledge of beetle morphology and phylogeny and proven experience in delivering large morphological monographs are essential prerequisites. You will be working with the Zimmerman Fellow, Dr. Rolf Oberprieler, who will provide introduction to the Australian weevils and guidance through the project, but you will enjoy a lot of freedom to explore and develop novel approaches to monographic taxonomic research as well as undertake some molecular research on the phylogenetic relationships of the Australian weevil fauna. 

Your duties will include

  • Lead/Contribute to the research output of the Australian National Insect Collection, particularly in relation to the systematics and evolution of weevils (Curculionoidea).
  • Produce, in collaboration, a volume on the Australian genera of Curculionoidea for the “Australian Beetles” book series. 
  • Produce high quality scientific manuscripts suitable for publication.
  • Help build CSIRO’s research collections in insect diversity.

Location:       Canberra, ACT
Tenure:         Specified term until June 2023
Salary:           AU$97K – AU$105K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61292

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A PhD and at least two years of postdoctoral experience in systematic entomology (including a strong grant track record).
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement systematic research projects on beetles (Coleoptera) at significant scale with appropriate methods, including morphological revisions, description of novel taxa and creating identification keys. 
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver large taxonomic monographs and/or books.
  • A solid record of publication in quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • Demonstrated conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in beetle systematics and collection-based evolutionary biology.
  • Demonstrated ability to investigate issues of complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses by adapting/creating and testing alternative solutions. 
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For more information please view the 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


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Applications Close

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

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