CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food System Transformation: constraints and barriers to change

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Brisbane, Australia

Job posting number: #7095647 (Ref:cj_82300)

Posted: March 15, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as systems science, geography, economics, social science, sustainability science?
  • Contribute to research to drive sustainability and improve nutrition outcomes
  • 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.


This Postdoctoral Fellowship is part of the CSIRO-UQ FEAST Initiative.  The overarching vision of the Food Environment Agricultural Systems Transformation (FEAST) Initiative is to help build a new and better-informed national conversation on food system transformation that is inclusive of different stakeholder visons, ambitions and values and identifies a diversity of solution pathways to Australia’s food system futures. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake analyses that explore the integrated set of social, technical, institutional, policy and power dynamics that prevent different domains of the food system changing to improve nutritional, environmental or social performance.  They will work closely with a multi-discipline team of CSIRO and UQ researchers and the other three fellows and will focus on: Drivers and solutions that promote change;  Drivers and solutions that promote change; and Re-envisioning food systems.

Your duties will include:

  • Develop an evidence base describing the pathways through which food system domain change could occur to enable an increase in equity (availability and access to healthy foods), improve nutrition and health, improve sustainability of the system.
  • Develop an assessment framework that links the currently disparate areas of potential change pathways across food system domains.
  • Identify a suite of policy and program options for the FEAST Initiative to pursue in partnership with industry and government.
  • Develop outputs such as research papers, reports, and communication pieces in translational publications such as The Conversation (with support from UQ/CSIRO communications).
  • You may be required to represent CSIRO externally, including to discuss progress with industry or policy representatives.


Location:   St. Lucia, QLD

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

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  82300

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as systems science, geography, economics, social science, sustainability science. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience with the design and implementation of conceptual and or empirical research related to food system dynamics.
  • Familiarity with international debates on food system transformation and the role of innovation in these processes.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outputs with industry and policy stakeholders.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to both Australian and overseas candidates. 


Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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

14 April 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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Job posting number:#7095647 (Ref:cj_82300)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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