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VS CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Social-Ecological Systems Research

Date: 12-Nov-2021

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Adelaide, SA, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


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  • Do you have a PhD in natural resource and environmental economics/modelling, marine socio-ecology, complex systems science, or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to join the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


The Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform (VS FSP) is a substantial new 5-year investment in cutting edge research by CSIRO that will recruit several post-docs who will be embedded in diverse inter-disciplinary research teams. The VS FSP aims to co-produce future pathways, measures and indicators to underpin sustainable innovation and prosperity for current and future industries and communities.


Within the VS FSP, the ‘resilience + sustainability of socio-ecological networks’ project aims to develop new methods, tools and indicators to evaluate cross-scale relationships between resilience to different types of system shocks and social and environmental dimensions of sustainability, building from CSIRO’s emerging capability in socio-ecological system modelling. These activities will develop tools and measures to help industry, consumers and policy makers to better understand and plan for the effects of shocks (such as COVID-19, economic disruptions or climate extremes) on sustainability outcomes in marine and terrestrial food production sectors, and in associated communities.

Your duties will include:


  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and utilising opportunities for innovation and further development and application of social-ecological network models and resilience/sustainability indicators.
  • Translating outcomes of research activities to partners and end-users, for instance, through participation in management meetings, field visits and presentations.
  • Producing high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals, and internal and external reports. Prepare appropriate conference papers and present those at national and international conferences as agreed with their supervisor.


Location: Hobart, TAS or Brisbane, QLD

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 79288

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as natural resource and environmental economics/modelling, marine socio-ecology, or complex systems 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 the development and/or use of network models.
  • Demonstrated experience in computer programming (e.g., in R, C, Python or similar).
  • Well-developed background knowledge of resilience and sustainability concepts.
  • 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.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates).

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 CV and cover letter (including a statement of how you meet the selection criteria) that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. The cover letter (including selection criteria) is to be no more than 4 pages.

Applications Close

12 December 2021, 11:00pm AEDT