VS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Terrestrial Social-Ecological Systems Modelling

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Darwin, Australia

Job posting number: #7088933 (Ref:cj_79358)

Posted: November 12, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity


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  • Do you have a PhD in landscape ecology, ecological remote sensing, social-ecological systems modelling, or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to join the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


A sustainable industry or community sits within a dynamic environment, society and economy which are faced with the need to rapidly adapt to accelerating climate change. Managing new and developing risks in this context of great uncertainty about change requires an understanding of future implications for social-ecological systems, including the flows of services and benefits nature will generate now and into the future. The Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform (VS FSP) is a substantial new 5-year investment in cutting edge research by CSIRO that 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 ‘Future States’ project aims to address this challenge by developing methods, tools and capability to identify, define, track and quantify the future states, transitions, tipping points and flows of services and benefits from social-ecological systems under different sustainability pathways. Within this team the Postdoctoral Fellow will explore dynamic state and transition simulation modelling to describe current and project plausible future terrestrial ecosystem states, that account for diverse and interacting social, ecological and economic drivers.

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 systems models.
  • Working with project stakeholders and collaborators to design research questions, implement research activities and evaluate outcomes
  • 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: Darwin, NT

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 79358

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as landscape ecology, ecological remote sensing, social-ecological or ecosystem modelling, or similar.

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

  • Programming skills and demonstrated ability to work across a range of programming and data analysis languages (C#, Python, R) and software environments.
  • Experience in the development and/or application of quantitative models for understanding ecological or social-ecological systems
  • Experience in applying remote sensing techniques to ecological questions
  • 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 to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

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.

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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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