Research Scientist in Global Change Ecology - CSIRO - GreenCareer

First listed on: 22 October 2020

Research Scientist in Global Change Ecology

  • Undertake dynamic research for managing invastive species and global environmental change
  • Excitng opportunity for a early- to mid-career scientist to launch their career
  • Provide science leadership within Ecosystem Change Ecology team

In this position you will conduct innovative research using the latest advances in empirical ecology in field and controlled condition environments.  With a focus on developing science-based solutions for invasive species management, your research may involve:

  1. elucidating ecological impacts of invasive species,
  2. identifying interventions for invasive species management,
  3. empirical research on ecology and ecophysiology of focal invasive species, and
  4. mitigating the impact of global environmental change on invasive species threats.

Leading components of existing projects and providing scientific leadership on new projects, you will collaborate across Australia and internationally. You will ensure timely and successful delivery on key milestones of externally funded projects in close collaboration with scientists across CSIRO and in other institutions.

With skills in biosecurity (as it relates to invasive species management) and plant or invertebrate ecology, you will provide leadership to the Ecosystem Change Ecology team based in Perth, Western Australia, which has strong links with the University of Western Australia via collaborative research and student supervision.

Your duties will include

  • Devising strategy and assuming overall scientific responsibility for research and interpretation of results.
  • Contributing to fieldwork across a range of ecosystems, including in remote locations in Australia and overseas.
  • Interacting positively and working collaboratively with colleagues, partners and customers.
  • Translating research outputs into high impact on-ground outcomes, including transferring knowledge to non-scientific audiences.
  • Anticipating industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking.
  • Using professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience to develop and complete a program of research.
  • Publishing research results and presenting findings at conferences and meetings.
  • Leading, supervising and mentoring staff to successfully deliver research projects.

Location:Floreat (Perth) Western Australia
Salary: AU$98k – AU$106k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 5 year term
Reference No.:69167

To be considered you will hold a doctorate and/or have equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as plant or invertebrate ecology or the ecological applications of remote sensing, preferably in the context of invasive species management and/or global environmental change.  You will also have:

  • Strong and collaborative communication skills and a history of professional behaviours.
  • Postdoctoral experience and a strong record of publication in high quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge in applied ecology relevant to invasive species management.
  • record of science innovation and creativity and the ability to lead projects focused on delivering science-based solutions for stakeholders.
  • Laboratory- and field-based research experience in relation to population and/or community ecology in terrestrial ecosystems, and a willingness to undertake remote field work.
  • The ability to lead and work effectively within a multi-disciplinary, multi-location research team, and carry out independent individual research.
  • A current Australian Class ‘C’ driver’s licence (or equivalent).

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below. Apply today!

Position Details


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How to Apply

Candidates are asked to view all essential requirements (outlined in the ‘Position Details’ document at the link above). When applying, please upload your CV where indicated, and also upload a covering letter which includes responses to the Essential Criteria listed above. Please also include in your covering letter, some detail around your educational achievements, experience and publication record, which are most relevant to this position.

Applications Close

Monday 30 November, 2020 (11pm AEDT)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.