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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Agroecological Economics

Date: 10-Jun-2022

Location: Adelaide, SA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in agricultural science, agricultural/resource economics or digital agriculture?
  • Would you like to work at the intersection between agroecology, socioeconomics, and data analytics?
  • Exciting opportunity to work within national and international collaboration settings as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team


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.


We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO's Agriculture and Food Business Unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.


We are seeking a highly motivated CERC Fellow to lead and conduct original research to address the threat of resistance to agrichemicals that goes beyond existing plant and pesticide science. The research will harness spatial epidemiological and socioeconomic analytics, using new and existing national data sets. The project will deliver new data-driven approaches and insights to predict the future spatial extent of resistance and inform management at relevant and impactful scales for the agricultural sector.


The project team includes leading national and international expertise, including the University of Western Australia, University of Copenhagen, and Rothamsted Research. While the initial focus will be on crop weed management, the research has the potential for future impact that reaches to other agricultural pests and disease management. The analytical approach will be developed and tested, mainly in a desktop setting, but with large real-world datasets and substantial industry-level engagement and impact potential. The CERC Fellow will also contribute to the collection of new data to complement existing databases, especially around farm-level weed management practice use and economic drivers. The CERC Fellow will have the opportunity to present the findings in top-tier journals and conferences of national and international standing.


Your duties will include:

  • Developing a data-driven integrated modelling framework to pre-emptively identify resistance risks and effective integrated management solutions that industry stakeholders can adopt in various agroecological and socioeconomic contexts.
  • Developing comprehensive understanding of how predicting the emergence and management of resistance at relevant scales can inform adoption of sustainable strategies and industry innovation and increase resilience of agri-food systems.
  • Publishing results in relevant international scientific fora (high-level journals and conferences).
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.



Location:  Adelaide, South Australia

Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 84561

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as agricultural science, agricultural/resource economics or digital agriculture. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the drivers of productivity and profitability in agri-food systems.
  • Demonstrated skills in data analytics, data management, experimental design and/or statistical/econometric analysis, including proficiency in analysis of high-dimensional, spatio-temporal data (e.g., GIS, spatial processes, remote sensing).
  • A good understanding of modern data analytical approaches and application to agricultural or environmental problems.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences, and a proven track record of publishing research findings.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates who meet the role criteria.


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. 

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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

14 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST