First listed on: 04 November 2022

 CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ending Plastic Waste


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

  • Do you have a PhD in ecology, biological science, statistics, or similar?
  • Contribute to the Ending Plastic Waste Mission
  • 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.

The role of the CERC Fellow will be to develop and grow existing networks domestically and internationally, as well as to engage with external partners. The Fellow will play a substantive role in project design, training, implementation, conducting of research, analysis, writing, reporting and dissemination of results in multiple fora.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build networks and deliver to ASEAN and COBSEA member countries, based on needs and assessment provided to CSIRO from multiple active member states.

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.  
  • Engaging with internal and external partners both domestically and internationally.
  • Undertaking literature and policy reviews for relevant jurisdictions.
  • Science communication which may include but is not limited to paper and report writing appropriate for different audiences.
  • Represent CSIRO externally, including in public forums with industry, the research sector and/or government.

Location: Hobart, TAS preferred
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 88050

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Ecology, Biological Sciences, Statistics or similar. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in relevant field that can be applied to plastics research domain, which may include but is not limited to plastics movement, plastics policy, economics, supply chains, reverse logistics/transport, particle tracking models, human behaviour and decision making.
  • Experience in study/survey design, statistical analysis in R (or similar) including familiarity with GAMs, GLMS, GAMMs, regression modelling, etc.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally to engage in face-to-face interactions with key partners and stakeholders. 

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

4 December 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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