First listed on: 07 September 2022

Environmental Spatio-Temporal Analyst


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The Opportunity

  • Perform cutting-edge spatial, temporal and spatio-temporal analysis on time series remote sensing and meteorological datasets
  • Conduct ‘big data’ analysis of key environment issues including climate change, catchment management, fire recovery, groundwater and biodiversity issues
  • Join CSIRO! A truly collaborative, flexible and inclusive workplace

The Biophysical Dynamics Team are world-leaders in remote sensing of ecohydrological processes (ecohydrology is the scientific discipline that straddles hydrology and the vegetation dynamics component of functional ecology).  The Biophysical Dynamics Team uses a wide range of reflective and thermal remote sensing data, such as MODIS, Landsat, Sentinel-2, AVHRR and Himawari, which are often coupled to time-series meteorological grids in spatio-temporal analysis frameworks.  The team analyses dynamics and trends of remote sensing response variables and develops parsimonious analytical models to inform future conditions.  

As part of the Biophysical Dynamics Team, within CSIRO Land and Water, you will be responsible for performing cutting-edge spatial, temporal and spatio-temporal analysis on time series remote sensing and meteorological datasets at the paddock, regional, national and global scales.  

The position will be part of project teams researching a range of environmental topics such as tracking the impact of climate variability / climate change of ecohydrological functioning, calculating water requirements of ground-water dependent ecosystems, and assessing impacts of fire recovery on catchment water yields, , among others. The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills using Python, R or similar programming languages and have worked in several HPC and Cloud computing environments.  

You will be responsible for: (i) applying technical and scientific understanding to perform ‘big data’ analysis of key environment issues; (ii) devise novel solutions in spatio-temporal analysis; (iii) contribute to the science of the team by generating high quality figures and quantitative analysis; (iv) carefully manage workflows and metadata; and (v) effectively communicate to team members, internal stakeholders and external funders.  

Your duties will include:

  • Perform spatio-temporal analysis of time series remote sensing and gridded meteorological datasets, often linking with other data to aid interpretation of results.
  • Generate figures and tables to visualize the spatio-temporal analysis and its findings enabling it to be effectively communicated to external funders, external stakeholders and internal managers / leaders.
  • Under general direction, contribute to research and/or technology through the development of original and adapted analysis frameworks and software.
  • Show initiative to seek new approaches to meet technological needs when encountering new problems where methods are not defined.
  • Participate in planning projects and accept responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project, including evaluation of options, experimental design, data analysis, user experience and/or software design, implementation and delivery.

Location:  Canberra, ACT preferred, other sites (Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, or Townsville) subject to negotiation.
Salary:  AU$87k – AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference:  87755

To be considered you will need:

  1. Relevant bachelor’s degree and/or post-graduate degree and/or equivalent relevant work experience in spatio-temporal analytics.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work with time-series raster datasets using Python (or similar) high-end programming language to summarise key spatial and temporal dynamics.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work within high performance computing environments such as Google Earth Engine (GEE), CSIRO’s EASI (Earth Analytics and Science Innovation), Digital Earth Australia’s Open Data Cube, Amazon Web Services, Open Web Services and/or other relevant platforms.
  4. Willingness to work in a team environment, communicate effectively, and carefully manage workflows and metadata to solve project deliverables and scientific objectives.
  5. Knowledge of Australia’s native ecosystems, climate, and agricultural landscapes; and time-series remote sensing datasets is desirable.
  6. Experience working with Python graphical and visualisation libraries such as Pandas, NumPy, Scikit-Learn, SciPy, rasterio/GDAL, Matplotlib and Dask; and vector datasets in Python and/or Geographical Information System (GIS) software is desirable, as is an understanding of ‘next generation’ modelling approaches and technologies such as Machine Learning methods, and containerisation such as Kubernetes and Docker.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

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. 


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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

4th Oct 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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