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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Coral Reef Connectivity and Recovery

Date: 25-Mar-2021

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a doctorate in coral reef ecology or environmental sciences?
  • Conduct and deliver cutting-edge research for coral restoration planning on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Join our Oceans and Atmosphere team for this exciting postdoctoral opportunity


This CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide opportunities to a scientist who has completed their doctorate and has at least one year of relevant postdoctoral experience.  The Fellowship aims to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


This Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for leading, implementing and delivering research for the EcoRRAP Limitations to Early Recovery project, part of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program, and will have intellectual ownership of the research direction towards delivering the project’s requirements. The opportunity is based within the Coasts Program of the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit, within the domain of Nature-based Solutions for Coastal Protection and Restoration. You will work as part of a collaborative team principally between CSIRO and University of Queensland, with additional collaborators at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).


The Postdoctoral Fellow will investigate variations in coral larval supply and relationships with coral settlement and validate connectivity modelling so that restoration strategies are well informed, to identify where and when enhancement of larval supply is warranted for upscaled coral reef restoration. Work will involve ambitious field activity, linking with genetic and predictive particle modelling. The Postdoctoral Fellow will add value to existing projects, and directly inform managers about key ecological processes on coral reefs by focusing on field, lab, and modelling experiments that allow testing of novel questions using cutting-edge science.


Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, planning and carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO and the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Formulating specific testable hypotheses to investigate variations in coral larval supply and settlement to coral reefs, the role of this variation in affecting rates of reef recovery, and strategic decision making for when and where larvae need to be applied for large-scale and long-term recovery.
  • Designing experiments to investigate variations in the supply and settlement of coral larvae to reefs, using a combination of approaches including state-of-the-art particle modelling and molecular quantification with classic plankton sampling techniques.
  • Statistically analysing the experimental results to determine relationships between model predictions, coral larval supply and coral settlement.
  • Lead publications of the above research.



Location: St Lucia, Brisbane
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 2 years
Reference: 72663

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as coral reef ecology or environmental sciences. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least one year of postdoctoral research experience, but no more than six full-time equivalent years of experience since confirmation of your doctorate at the end of this (advertised) postdoctoral term.
  • Experience with ecological field experiments, preferably with corals or similar taxa.
  • Demonstrated high level of quantitative statistical proficiency.
  • A current SCUBA diving certificate or the ability to obtain one.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.



Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


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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

25 April 2021, 11:00pm AEST