Hydrological/hydrodynamic modeller

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7099335 (Ref:cj_83103)

Posted: May 4, 2022

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 experience in landscape hydrological modelling or hydrodynamic modelling? 
  • Join the Water Security Program within CSIRO’s Land and Water business unit 
  • Innovative and collaborative workplace with fantastic flexibility


Through an integrated systems research approach CSIRO Land & Water provides the information and technologies required by government, industry and the Australian and international communities to protect, restore, and manage natural and built environments. In this role, you will also have opportunity to work with and support other projects across CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit portfolio of activity.  

As the Hydrological and Hydraulic Modeller, you will be part of a strong hydrological science and modelling capability in the Water Security Program of the Land and Water Business unit. You will contribute to innovative research and delivery to high impact external projects on water resources assessment and floodplain inundation modelling. You will also contribute to the wider inter-disciplinary efforts of the Land and Water Business unit in integrated water resource management and development impacts on water and environment.  

Applications to this position are invited across two levels, the appointment level will be determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the successful candidate.


Your duties will include:

  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Conduct original research in hydrological science, hydrological and hydrodynamic modelling.
  • Strong delivery to high impact external projects.
  • Contribute to inter-disciplinary research in CSIRO and Land and Water Business Unit, particularly in the areas of floodplain inundation modelling, integrated water resource management and development impacts.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • Other duties as directed

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF6), duties will also include:

  • Along with more senior researchers, plan and prepare research proposals and manage research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Lead and supervise staff to ensure that experiments are established in accordance with the research design and are completed within the agree timeframes and budget.
  • Work closely with industry clients to ensure delivery of research outcomes and transferring technologies and/or guidelines for adoption.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location:  Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT

Salary:  AU$102k – AU$138k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Indefinite

Reference:  83103

To be considered you will need:



  • Doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as hydrology
  • Demonstrated experience in hydraulic and hydrodynamic modelling.
  • Demonstrated experience in landscape hydrological modelling and complex spatial analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in programming and working with large datasets that cover large spatial and temporal scales.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • A growing record of publication in quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.


  • Experience with python and ArcGIS programming and use of 1-D and 2-D hydrodynamic models.


For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF6), essential criteria will also include:


  • Demonstrated expertise and hands-on experience in hydraulic and hydrodynamic modelling (MIKE FLOOD, etc).
  • Demonstrated expertise in understanding complex hydrological processes and experience in landscape and river modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead medium to large projects, work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and deliver high impact projects within the timelines and budget, to achieve organisational goals.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a National Police check or equivalent.

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

05 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7099335 (Ref:cj_83103)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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