VS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Valuing Local Co-Benefits for Rural Communities

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7088928 (Ref:cj_79354)

Posted: November 12, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country


CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in sustainability science, agricultural science, environmental science, education, economics, finance, sociology, rural studies, anthropology, geography, 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 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.


There is growing recognition that durable and ‘just’ land-based solutions to meet sustainable development goals requires measures and mechanisms that value local cultural capital and the provenance of place-based economies.  The VS FSP, the Valuing Local Provenance project focuses on a key sustainability valuation and validation frontier, and how to develop and systematically integrate locally defined co-benefits into emerging sustainability markets.


With close focus on indigenous and rural communities, this work will demonstrate if (and how) in-practice and fit-for-purpose methods can illuminate and incorporate community-identified values, local knowledge systems, place-based sustainability concerns and how those values align with larger market forces for sustainability.

Your duties will include:


  • Reviewing available literature, sustainability frameworks, just transitions, nature-based, or durable climate concepts and solutions from agricultural sector perspectives
  • Reviewing and assessing available sector relevant data, metrics and reporting tools that local land-based enterprises and communities trust, including digitally supported assessment and verification frameworks
  • Surveying indigenous and/or rural land managers to identify culturally relevant co-benefits including local preferences for regional development outcomes, acceptable transition pathways and locally valued sustainable development goals
  • Interviewing and working together with regionally relevant agricultural groups, investors, or other market actors engaged in carbon and conservation projects that support local co-benefit development in Australia and around the world
  • Co-designing local provenance measures that reflect the values of Indigenous and agricultural place-based economies


Location: Canberra, ACT (Hobart, Brisbane and Townsville considered)

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 79354

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as sustainability science, agricultural science, environmental science, education, economics, finance, sociology, rural studies, anthropology, geography, or similar. However other disciplines would be considered.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Experience working on agricultural, land-use, and sustainability-focused topics with a broad range of stakeholders (e.g., rural and indigenous communities, downstream processes, retailers, finance, and investment professionals etc.)
  • Strong foundation in quantitative analytical approaches and evidence of proficiency (e.g., statistical, econometric, microeconomics, industrial organisation, system dynamics, etc.)
  • Experience designing and undertaking rigorous research including collecting primary data and managing fieldwork, developing survey instruments, hosting focus groups and holding interviews across diverse linguistic or socio-economic settings


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 cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

12 December 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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