First listed on: 27 April 2022

Regional Water Scientist


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Are you a highly motivated Water Scientist and emerging Science leader?
  • Join the Water and Society Team within CSIRO’s Land and Water business unit
  • Innovative and collaborative workplace with fantastic flexibility

Through an integrated systems research approach CSIRO Land & Water provides the information and technologies required by government, industry and the Australian and international communities to protect, restore, and manage natural and built environments. In this role, you will also have opportunity to work with and support other projects across CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit portfolio of activity.  

As the Regional Water Scientist, you will be part of a strong multi-disciplinary capability in the Water Security Program of the Land and Water Business Unit that undertakes research into hydrology and water resources, water-agriculture-livelihood interactions, and integrated basin management. You will undertake innovative research and lead components of high impact external projects related to water resources assessment and management and linking water allocation and sharing with the socio-economy and regional livelihood under current and future climates. You will work with others to assess the social, economic, environmental, and cultural values and benefits of alternative water resources management and adaptation options.

Your duties will include:

  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by integrating knowledge, research, and information to help decision making around trade-offs for water.
  • Conduct original research on social, economic, environmental, and cultural values and benefits for improved water literacy across communities and governments to support a social license for change.
  • Conduct original research in socioeconomics and livelihood aspects related to water management including water-agriculture-environment-livelihood interactions.
  • Strong delivery to high impact external projects like the Murray-Darling Basin Water and Environment Research Program (MD-WERP), and on international projects on integrated water management.
  • Communicate research outcomes to scientific and industry forums through scientific publications, reports, and  presentations.
  • Work closely with industry clients to ensure delivery of research outcomes and transferring technologies and/or guidelines for adoption.
  • Other duties as directed

Location:  Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT
Salary:  AU$117k – AU$138k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Reference:  83109

To be considered you will need:


  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as regional water and livelihood economics and integrated water management.
  • Demonstrated expertise in econometric and livelihood analysis and modelling for regional water and agricultural systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in economic and social cost-benefit analysis related to water, agricultural and environmental adaptation options.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake innovative research and strong publication record.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated willingness to work in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver both science and impact, and ability to respond to changing requirements.


  • Computational and programming skills (ideally Python or R) to build models and undertake modelling and statistical analysis.
  • Understanding of water systems and integrating economic and hydrological models.
  • Knowledge of Australian water resources management, particularly adapting to a drier climate in south-eastern Australia.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a National Police check or equivalent.

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

25 May 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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