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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantitative Ecology

Date: 13-Jan-2022

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgment of Country


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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Ecology, Ecological Applications or a relevant area of Statistics and/or Machine Learning?
  • Want to develop new methods and tools for adaptive management of invasive species?
  • 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. 


As a member of the Adaptive Biosecurity Management team, the Fellow will help develop novel methods, tools and digital platforms that enable policy makers and land managers monitor, evaluate, and manage invasive species and other biothreats.


This successful candidate will contribute to several highly collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects with internal and external partners. A specific focus will be on developing spatiotemporal ecological models that draw on multiple integrated data streams and deliver interpretable outputs for adaptive decision making.

Your duties will include:


  • Developing and applying cutting-edge spatiotemporal ecological models that draw on multiple integrated data streams and deliver interpretable outputs for adaptive decision making.
  • Participating in planning research projects and assuming responsibility for scheduling, leading and completing major parts of projects, including allocating and directing tasks where appropriate.
  • Recognising opportunities for innovation and incorporating novel perspectives and/or approaches in the context of existing as well as potential future research directions.
  • Working collaboratively as part of multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed teams to carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Recording, managing, and analysing data/information using relevant domain data science techniques.


Location: Brisbane, QLD

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 80480

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline such as Ecology, Ecological Applications or any relevant area of Statistics and/or Machine Learning. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Proven strong quantitative analytical and statistical skills, combined with an ability to source, interpret and utilise empirical data.
  • Proven high level skills in scientific computing languages and software (R, Python, etc.) relevant to the domain questions and data.
  • Demonstrated client focus, including an ability to deliver science-based solutions that are interpretable and practical, and a participatory approach to research and development.
  • Technical experience with either data integration, spatial analysis, simulation, dynamic models, or hierarchical models is highly regarded.
  • Research experience in biosecurity or invasive species ecology is advantageous.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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

31 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT