First listed on: 02 July 2021

Indigenous Research Scientist


The Opportunity

  • Contribute to Indigenous-led science that focuses on vibrant Indigenous futures
  • Address scientific challenges to strengthen Indigenous Communities
  • Flexible work arrangements! Mix of home and office

The role of a CSIRO Research Scientist is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. This includes scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems; building and maintaining networks; playing a lead role in securing project funds; providing scientific leadership; and pursuing new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.

The role of the Indigenous Research Scientist is to undertake world-leading research activities in the domain of Indigenous science, Indigenous-led and co-developed science and the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives. You will work with teams that have strong foundations in collaborative and Indigenous-led science and across diverse inter and transdisciplinary science practices.

You will contribute to the CSIRO Land and Water (L&W) vision to develop science for vibrant Indigenous futures by addressing the national challenges of climate disaster and resilience, strengthening regional prosperity, and to contribute to the Closing the Gap strategies through sustainable Indigenous enterprises and resilient economies.

This role is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. CSIRO believes that this role needs to be carried out by an Indigenous and/or Torres Strait Islander person and we couldn’t do this research without your critical input. This is a great opportunity to be at the forefront of impactful research into strengthening Indigenous communities.

We would like to hear from professionals, with a deep understanding of the issues affecting Indigenous Australians, from diverse fields of expertise including, development studies, business studies, anthropology, geography, law, policy analysis, and/or communications. 

Your duties will include:

  • Coordinate and implement a range of research projects focused on L&W strategy and impact, and address key equity and sustainability challenges. Potential foci include developing a resilient Indigenous estate, Indigenous enterprise development under changing environmental values, climate disaster and resilience that strengthen Indigenous participation
  • Coordinate and participate in the ongoing development of L&W and CSIRO’s Indigenous Science agendas and initiatives
  • Work with team members within the L&W Business Unit and across partnering organisations to achieve project milestones, plan and execute workshops, and conduct local engagement initiatives
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation
  • Undertake community-based and participatory fieldwork in multiple locations in rural and remote Australia, particularly focused on Northern Australia
  • Lead and undertake desktop work (literature reviews, data processing and entry, administrative tasks) to support science and impact goals
  • Write and contribute to written and visual communication materials, including reports, journal articles, fact sheets, online blogs, and videos for a variety of audiences

Location: Townsville preferred, Brisbane considered
Salary: AU$100k – AU$108k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 72921

To be considered you will need:

  • Confirmation that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • Are accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person in the community in which you live, or have lived.
  • Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional/cross-cultural experience in a relevant field (development studies, business studies, anthropology, geography, Indigenous studies, natural and cultural resource management, digital, climate adaptation, law, policy analysis, and/or communications)
  • Meaningful research, or equivalent experience, in Indigenous-led and participatory research and/or development in Australia (or participatory research and development with Indigenous Australians)
  • The ability to undertake regular community-based and participatory fieldwork in multiple locations in rural and remote Australia, particularly focused on Northern Australia
  • High-level cultural competency and ability to work effectively in relationships of trust and respect with Traditional Owners as First Nations People, with an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Demonstrated understanding of key contemporary Indigenous equity and sustainability challenges such as a resilient Indigenous estate, Indigenous enterprise development, climate disaster and resilience, and strengthening Indigenous participation

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

They will also be required to provide proof of Aboriginality and be able to provide a cultural reference.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

12 August 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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