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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Understanding Climate Mitigation Potential of Kelp

Date: 04-Jan-2022

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in marine ecology or biogeochemistry?
  • Want to contribute to research into removing carbon from the atmosphere?
  • 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 undertake research into understanding the potential for kelp forests to contribute to natural climate solutions. Protection and restoration of coastal vegetated ecosystems is becoming a central part of national policies around the world because they can achieve substantial abatement. Kelp forests can offer potential to expand ocean-based sequestration. However, the fate of organic carbon from kelp remains unresolved and incomplete understanding of fate of kelp carbon is an impediment to integrating kelp into natural climate solution frameworks being adopted into policy. The underlying objective of the postdoctoral research will be to resolve uncertainties that limit the inclusion of kelp forest restoration and protection into current policies. The postdoctoral fellow will be based in CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere and collaborate closely with researchers in the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia.

Your duties will include:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance that will lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Translate outcomes of research activities to a variety of partners and end-users.
  • Carry out research investigations requiring originality and innovation.


Location:   Perth, WA

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

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  79504

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as marine ecology or biogeochemistry. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in field- and laboratory-based measurements of one or more of the following: primary production, carbon stocks, carbon sequestration, stable isotope composition, greenhouse gas flux.
  • Demonstrated mathematical skills with a sound knowledge of relevant techniques and software (e.g. R, Python or similar).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes to a variety of audiences.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 30 June 2022.

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. 

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter that addresses all the selection criteria and a CV that demonstrates your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT