- Do you have a PhD in agricultural science, environmental science, soil science, environmental, or biosystems engineering?
- Conduct research addressing the need to develop a more circular nutrient economy for Australia
- Work with agricultural scientists and waste treatment engineers on this exciting postdoctoral project
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.
We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the new CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Traditional Owners from the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food business unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will address the need to develop a more circular nutrient economy for Australia. Recycling of nutrients (e.g. nitrogen, phosphorus) from urban and food processing waste streams back to agriculture can achieve improved economic and environmental outcomes for both urban and regional communities. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with agricultural scientists and waste treatment engineers to develop and test products that may enable more effective and efficient recycling of nutrients from waste streams back to agriculture.
To enable the circular nutrient economy, agricultural researchers need to work with waste treatment engineers to develop processes that as produce recycled products that are part of an agricultural supply chain rather than end-of-line pollution controls. For this to happen, agricultural researchers need to work with waste treatment engineers to help them to understand growers’ needs, the logistical and supply limitations and the on-farm management issues within different farming systems that their products must fit within. Conversely, agriculture researchers need to fully understand the chemical, biological and physical properties of waste streams and the constraints that engineers must work within when treating these streams to recover value.