First listed on: 10 September 2021

CSIRO Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship in Isotope Biogeochemistry (Isoscapes for Wine)


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in biogeochemistry, geochemistry, or hydrology?
  • Work on a project developing IP for provenance prediction algorithms, linking environmental signatures with agricultural products
  • Join a multi-disciplinary team for this exciting postdoctoral role

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the new CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Traditional Owners from the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food business unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.

This project will focus on quantifying the isotopic signatures of grape-wines to elucidate the impact of changing water sources on OH signatures.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will quantify and model the isotopic signal of changing irrigation sources, drought, and management of grapes prior to the wine-making process to create an Australian grape isoscape, demonstrating feasibility of national isotopic approaches. Isoscapes models and predictions will be used to demonstrate national-level provenance solutions using wine grapes.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with field and modelling expertise interested in quantifying and modelling the isotopic signal of changing irrigation sources, drought, and management of viticulture across Australia. The Fellow should possess expertise and/or interest related to the application of biogeochemical tracers and landscape scale modelling to understand plant physiological response to climate change and management decisions.

Your duties will include:

  • Establishing an instrumented experimental field site to observe isotopic changes in wine grapes in response to a range of water sources.
  • Quantifying isotopic response profiles at the field scape to gain a better understanding of management decisions and climate response in vineyards around Australia.
  • Developing isotope-based hydrological models for vineyards throughout Australia, with prediction and uncertainty with respect to climate change.
  • Representing CSIRO and project partners, externally, including in public forums, with industry or the research sector or with Government.
  • Writing scientific papers and report contributions on the research findings.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 74635

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as biogeochemistry, geochemistry, or hydrology. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of stable isotopes to quantify biogeochemical cycling across the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of isotope ratio mass spectrometers operation and/or hands on experience in monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting analyses of solids, liquids and/or gases.
  • 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.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to for role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2021/January 2022.
The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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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

10 October 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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