First listed on: 15 July 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Fisheries Governance & Illegal Fishing

The Opportunity
  • Lead the analysis of a global dataset, linking fisheries governance & stainability.
  • Work in partnership with countries across the Asia-Pacific region
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation.

As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will lead research on a dataset on fisheries governance and sustainability, covering 130 countries worldwide. The outcome of the project will be to understand the key factors driving governance structures, and the link between these structures and sustainability. The Marine Monitoring and Surveillance team is an interdisciplinary group of 25 researchers, engineers, and technicians work on a range of topics related to understanding and addressing the challenges posed by illegal fishing, at national, regional, and global scales.  

Projects in the team range from:

  • developing hydrophones capable of detecting explosions from bomb fishing and alerting authorities in real-time; and  
  • building regional scale estimates of the volume and value of catch from illegal fishing using expert surveys and media analysis together with statistical tools. 

The team is an active and dynamic group, working domestically in Australia, in partnership with countries across the Asia-Pacific region, and globally with international organizations. You will have the opportunity to interact with industry, government and international organization stakeholders, assisting in product development for users, gaining skills in project management, and having the opportunity to take the research effort in new directions.

Your duties will include:
  • Leading the analysis of a newly collected global dataset, linking fisheries governance and sustainability.
  • Delivering papers in environmental governance and public policy, targeted at environmental science and resource management journals.
  • Producing research reports, and software tools based on the analysis developed in the project.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and patents. 

Location: Hobart, TAS 
Tenure:  Specified term of 2 years
Salary:  AU$86K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:   67873

To be considered you will need:
  1. A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as public policy, environmental governance, fisheries science, resource economics, or another relevant discipline. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least one year of research experience but no more than 6 full-time equivalent years (or part-time equivalent) of relevant experience, since confirmation of your doctorate at the end of this postdoctoral term.
  2. Demonstrated experience in conducting research related to the governance of natural resources. 
  3. Experience with social science methods, such as structured surveys, interviews, expert elicitation, related tools.
  4. Demonstrated experience in statistical analysis of social science data.
  5. The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  6. High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  7. A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  8. A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For more information please view the Position Description. 


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and be able to commence in late 2020/early 2021

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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 requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 16th August 2020 at 11:59PM AEST

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