First listed on: 06 January 2020

Group Leader - Climate Smart Agriculture 

The Opportunity

INTERNAL ONLY: To be eligible for this position you must be a CSIRO indefinite or specified term employee who has been appointed to an advertised vacancy via a competitive process.

  • Lead a Research group within the newly created Sustainability Program, Agriculture & Food
  • Make an impact by enabling science capability that delivers large scale and complex projects
  • Embed and shape a culture that supports the delivery of impactful and collaborative science


The Position
The Climate Smart Agriculture Group supports decision making and agri-innovation on the ground to decrease agricultures footprint and increase its benefits while increasing production in the face of climate change.  It seeks to develop and deliver underpinning knowledge infrastructure that catalyses innovation into resilient farming systems and improves landscape management. 

The Research Group Leader implements the vision and direction of the Research Program, and contributes to its setting and planning, to deliver outputs, outcomes and impact through mission directed, multi-disciplinary and collaborative science. 

The Group Leader role is focused on impact, capability science, and people leadership; and supports the Research Director in the management of the Program's portfolio of projects (e.g. monitoring performance - milestones and financial), infrastructure and other assets.  

The Group Leader science activities may include joint/collaborative projects involving staff from other Groups in the Program/Business Unit and other parts of CSIRO plus external collaborators. 

Location:    Canberra [Black Mountain] or Brisbane [St Lucia]
Salary:        CSOF7 AU$136k to AU$150k plus up to 15.4% superannuation* 
Tenure:       Specified Term of 3 years
Reference:  64723

*NB: Substantive CSOF8 officers may be appointed to this role at their existing classification level

To be considered you will need:

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

  • Established reputation and credibility in the relevant science domain with evidence of effective science leadership or equivalent sector industry experience.
  • Evidence of research leadership and delivery at the scale of the Research Group.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop world class talent and to promote wellbeing, safety and foster creativity in multidisciplinary teams of up to 50 staff.
  • Evidence of strong engagement skills and relationship management that grows new science opportunities and supports commercial outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead individual and groups of projects of scale and/or complexity and manage financial and project performance.

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


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Baseline level.

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

Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

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

Applications Close

Monday 27th January 2020, 23:59 AEST

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