First listed on: 06 December 2022

Senior Hydroclimate Scientist

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Shape and grow hydrological research at CSIRO with particular emphasis on the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Lead and contribute to multi-organisational and multi-disciplinary integrative science projects
  • Collaborative, inclusive and flexible workplace – hybrid work arrangements offered

CSIRO Land and Water delivers solutions for sustainable development and stewardship of land, water, ecosystems and communities, valued at more than $12 billion in triple bottom line benefits. Through integrated systems research approach we provide the information and technologies required by government, industry and the Australian and international communities to protect, restore, and manage natural and built environments.

As the Senior Hydroclimate Scientist, you will lead and contribute to hydrological modelling and hydroclimate research in large multi-organisational and multi-disciplinary projects to support current and future integrative research within CSIRO Environment. A key focus of this position will be ensuring CSIRO continues to:

  • meet the science needs of the Murray-Darling Basin, and the broader Water Security needs of Australia, 
  • grow science and impact leadership in hydrological research,
  • develop integrative science opportunities, where water is a key driver of change,
  • build and deliver system-scale, integrative water science opportunities. 

Your duties will include:

  • Conduct hydroclimate and hydrological modelling research to support the science and impact needs of the Murray-Darling Basin and Water Security needs of Australia.
  • Provide strategic leadership and lead multi-organisational and multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Use scientific knowledge on water to deliver outcomes of importance to science, the economy, society and the environment.
  • Be recognised as a national expert in a relevant scientific field through a record of scientific creativity and innovation.
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific and impact objectives.

Location:  Canberra preferred, Melbourne may also be considered
Salary:  AU$169k – AU$212k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Reference:  88842

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD in hydrology or similar, with demonstrated expertise and global recognition in research in hydrology, hydroclimate and water resources.
  2. Strong written and oral communication skills including ability to publish research results, write reports and make presentations to audiences with scientific and non-scientific background.
  3. Extensive experience in industry and applied research, developing and delivering projects for water security challenges.
  4. Evidence of national influence and stakeholder networks.
  5. Ability to work independently as well in high performing multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. Knowledge of key water resources issues in the Murray-Darling Basin and Australia generally is highly desired, as is experience in programming and working with large spatial and time series data sets.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to all candidates (visa sponsorship may be provided to the successful candidate if required). 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. 


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

30 January 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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