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Principal Research Scientist

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  • Are you a respected leader with the ability to integrate science across a range of disciplines?
  • Conduct innovative research projects to solve issues deriving from the use of coastal marine resources.
  • Lead CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere's Coastal Research Group.

The position

We are seeking a qualified and experienced Principal Research Scientist to lead and conduct solutions-oriented coastal research. In this role you will combine fundamental with applied research to help solve problems for government, industry or broader community. You will be expected to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. You will also act as Research Group Leader for Perth-based staff within the Coasts research program.

We are looking for a respected leader with ability to integrate science across a range of disciplines including ecology, oceanography, biogeochemistry, economics and earth observations.  An established track record in coastal and marine research in one or more of these disciplines will ensure your success in this role, as will excellent communication skills and an ability to manage a team of 20+ staff. You will play a key role in developing projects, and experience working with end-users of research in government and/or industry is essential.

This position will be based at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre in Perth, Western Australia. The centre has outstanding facilities and is co-located with the University of Western Australia and AIMS. Travel within Australia and overseas will be required.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Engage with policymakers and regulators in Australian government agencies and decision-makers in businesses relevant to the core business of the Coasts research program to understand their science needs and develop programs of research that will help them make evidence based decisions.
  • Work with the Coasts Research Director and other senior staff to develop a staff and equipment profile that will enhance our capacity to address the critical coastal science needs of policymakers and the business community.
  • Be a senior thought leader that interacts across a number of science domains, ensuring that our coastal research portfolio is well-connected to endeavours elsewhere in Oceans & Atmosphere, and CSIRO.
  • Lead innovative research projects focussing on solving issues deriving from the use of coastal marine resources.

Location:           Perth, WA
Salary:               $131K - $195K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:             Specified term of 5 years
Job reference: 53285

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, including ecology, oceanography, biogeochemistry, economics and earth observation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by superior reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities, and the capacity to identify and influence critical stakeholders.
  • An extensive record of quality publications as primary author in high impact, peer reviewed journals.
  • An established reputation and credibility in a relevant marine science discipline with evidence of effective science leadership or equivalent sector industry experience.
  • Evidence of research leadership and delivery at the scale of a research group of up to 50 staff.

Before you apply please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position description

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

About Business Unit: CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere research is uniquely placed to deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia and the region. We seek to secure Australia’s future through our seas and skies.

How to apply:  To apply for this position, please upload 1 document only containing your resume/CV, and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria for this role as defined in the Position description document.

Applications close:  11:59pm AEDT, 4 March 2018

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