First listed on: 18 February 2023

Benthic and Fisheries Ecologist


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The Opportunity

  • Be part of multi-faceted deep-sea ecological & biodiversity research projects
  • Great role to grow your career within a large organisation & create an impact
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – in an ongoing role!

Are you a motivated marine/fisheries ecologist with seagoing experience? We are currently seeking a skilled Benthic and Fisheries Ecologist to join our talented multidisciplinary team in an exciting, ongoing role!

CSIRO’s Ocean and Coastal Research makes a strong international contribution to scientific research that effectively uses image-derived data to solve important ecological and environmental challenges in the marine environment. Due to rapid advancements in technology, the growing interest in collecting biodiversity & ecological data using non-extractive methods, and the amenability of imagery to efficient processing using machine learning (ML) techniques, this research domain is a growing field within our research group.

As the Benthic and Fisheries Ecologist, you will join our diverse Biodiversity, Imagery, Annotation and Automation (BIAA) team, and you will bring your deep-water fauna and imagery expertise to contribute to a range of research projects that involve benthic habitat mapping, population monitoring, machine learning, and impact assessments. You will also play a key, hands-on role within the team in conducting fieldwork, which would require applying your prior seagoing experience and data analysis knowledge.

If you’re interested in growing your domain knowledge and experience in deep-sea ecological and biodiversity research, and collaborating with a range of leading individuals & organisations to create an impact, this would be a great opportunity for you! CSIRO offers you excellent professional development and we are strongly committed to supporting the growth of your skills & career.

Your duties will include:

  • Working closely with projects leaders in Environment BU to deliver high quality, timely, and collaborative research projects.
  • Analysing image-derived data including data processing, database management, annotation, and application of machine learning techniques.
  • Understanding the FAIR principles and applying them to large collections of imagery and derived data.
  • Actively participating on scientific voyages aboard research and commercial fishing vessels, including leading components of seagoing activities when required.
  • Undertaking spatial and temporal analysis of data and production of data outputs.
  • Working with a broad portfolio of projects focused on biodiversity and imagery analysis (including annotation), and leading components of projects.
  • Contributing to communicating research or technological results in internal and external forums and, where applicable, leading & contributing to peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$89K – AU$101K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite; Full time
Reference: 91526

To be considered you will need:

  • Minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent relevant work experience, in fisheries science, environmental science, marine biology, marine ecology or related field.
  • Demonstrated seagoing experience including participation in large-scale field programs.
  • Knowledge of deep-sea benthic biodiversity and fisheries ecosystems.
  • Experience with underwater marine imagery including acquisition, annotation, and application of image-derived data.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates – Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (visa sponsorship may be offered 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.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

20 March 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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