First listed on: 08 December 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecological Modelling and Prediction


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in environmental modelling, landscape ecology or ecological remote sensing?
  • Do you want to use your advanced data analytics, and modelling skills to models help transform ecological science/environmental management?
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

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.

At present science is currently unable to make spatial projections of the future state and extent of Australia‘s ecosystems at resolutions suitable for local management. This is a major challenge as it limits our ability to quantify expected changes in structure, function and composition of ecosystems, which are needed to effectively mitigate future risks to ecosystem services.

This project will integrate cutting edge dynamic ecosystem models and data analytics with projections of fire regimes under future climate scenarios to better understand bushfire resilience. The successful candidate will lead the development of a toolkit for quantitative and spatially explicit modelling of ecosystem states and transitions. They will leverage advances in data analytics, hybrid machine learning and cloud computing to develop digital methods to automate a set of conceptual dynamic ecosystem models, that will systematically capture information on disturbance-driven changes in ecosystems to describe bushfire fuel ecology.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and utilising opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research in ecological modelling of bushfire risk.
  • Working with project stakeholders and collaborators to design research questions, implement research activities and evaluate outcomes

Location: Darwin, NT
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 79896

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as environmental modelling, landscape ecology or ecological remote sensing.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Programming skills in Python or an equivalent high-level language.
  • Experience in the development and/or application of quantitative models for understanding environmental systems and processes.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this 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 30 June 2022.

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.

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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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