Cropping Systems Modeller

Date: 25 Jun 2024

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • Contribute to innovative scientific research achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies.
  • Use your experience in cropping systems modelling.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Business Unit apply world class multidisciplinary science, technology and facilities, relevant IP and global networks across the value chain to create healthier, trusted, safer and more sustainable food and fibre for the future.


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Cropping Systems Modeller to Contribute to innovative Scientific research achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies by collaborating with members of a diverse project team and external partners.

In this role you will work closely with leading scientists in crop physiology, genetics, farming systems research and modelling, and digital agriculture to solve complex problems related to design of crops and cropping systems to increase productivity, resilience, and sustainability of agricultural systems.

You will have extensive skills in modelling crops and cropping systems, with a strong interest in the integration of knowledge and data from relevant disciplines and evaluation of crops and cropping systems performance.

A willingness to engage with industry engagement and demonstrated ability to deliver high quality research outputs into projects in a timely manner is essential.

You will be prepared to deploy cropping systems models in an innovative fashion to solve complex systems problems.

An understanding of modern data science, AI and remote sensing technologies, and how they may be used in conjunction with cropping systems modelling would be an advantage.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing or improving crop and farming systems models to enhance the predictive capabilities.
  • Conducting cropping systems modelling to evaluate multiple crop species in Australian broadacre farming system and to determine what aspects of the crop and system could be improved.
  • Developing novel solutions in the design of crops, cropping systems and management strategies, and address systems level questions.
  • Publishing results in relevant international scientific venues (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.
  • Collaborating with members of a diverse project team and external partners to ensure research directions can lead to lasting impact in application domains.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients, and suppliers in the interests of good business practise collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO's reputation.
  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO's Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Making Safety Personal goals. 



Location:      Canberra, ACT. 

Salary:           AU$110,038 - AU$119,080 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus, up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:         Specified Term of 3 years, full-time.

Reference:   96115

To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline, such as crop eco-physiology, cropping systems, agricultural science, plant science, data science, and computer science.
  • Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, developing, and evaluating process-based models or model components for simulation of the key plant and soil processes that control productivity and environmental outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying systems modelling to assess performance of crops and cropping systems across different soil and climate regions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of contemporary approaches for data management and analysis (such as using R, python, javascript, etc.), and programming (e.g. C#).
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
  • A record of innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • An ability to deliver complex research components within projects in a timely manner, and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team.
  • Current Australian drivers’ licence or the ability and willingness to obtain one.



  • Knowledge in genetics, genomics, and crop design and how crop modelling can be extended to integrate such knowledge and data.
  • Experience in modelling plant-soil interactions.


For full details about the role please view the position description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates. 


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 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

Thursday 25th July 2024, 11:00pm AEST.