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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth System Science

Date: 27-Jul-2022

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics or Earth System Science?
  • Want to deliver science to support of Australia’s commitments to Net-Zero by 2050 and the Paris Climate Agreement?
  • 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.


In this position you will join a vibrant team of international leaders in carbon cycle science and terrestrial biospheric modelling. The team will develop and use Australia’s state-of-the-art terrestrial biospheric model CABLE to assess the role of disturbances, both natural and anthropogenic, on Australia’s terrestrial carbon balance, both historically and into the future.  They will assess the potential of, and resilience of, terrestrial nature-based solutions in meeting Australia’s climate commitments through a synthesis of existing data sources, and by designing, running and analysing new experiments with CABLE.

The role sits within the “Modelling the Earth System” group in CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre.  The successful candidate will be someone who wants to work in a team, has keen interest in Earth system science and a strong drive to deliver science in support of Australia’s commitments to Net-Zero by 2050 and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Your duties will include:

  • Develop the capability of CABLE by including disturbance processes, such as fire, and other innovations in land surface modelling.
  • Design and perform new experiments with CABLE to project Australia’s terrestrial carbon balance into the future, and to assess the impact and potential of carbon sequestration through land management (nature-based solutions) in Australia.
  • Communicate their scientific findings to a range of audiences including research sector professionals, industry and Government. 
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 


Location:  Canberra, ACT (Aspendale/Clayton, VIC possible by negotiation)

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

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  86769

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Mathematics, Physics or Earth System Science. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in modelling for one or more of the following areas:

o    a.    land surface processes, 
o    b.    carbon cycle processes, 
o    c.    other climate and/or Earth system science. 

  • Strong skills in programming, and familiarity with command-language scripting in Unix or Linux environment
  • Strong skills in the management of large data sets, and in their analysis


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 31 January 2023.


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. 

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 August 2022, 11:00pm AEST