CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Ecosystem Modelling for Management

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By Milthon Lujan

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.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of a collaborative team with researchers at CSIRO and several partner agencies, to reduce the damaging impacts of crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) on coral populations across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This project will explore innovative ways to advance efforts towards greater use of tactical ecosystem models such as Models of Intermediate Complexity for Ecosystem assessment (MICE) to efficiently explore CoTS control options. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for leading development of fine-scale spatially resolved models for use in advising on dynamic optimisation of the spatial and temporal distribution of CoTS control under alternative bleaching and outbreak scenarios.

Your duties will include:

Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes pertaining to the management of coral cover and crown-of-thorns-starfish on the Great Barrier Reef.

Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and further development and application of novel ecological modelling approaches such as MICE.

Translate outcomes of research activities to partners and end-users, for instance, through participation in management meetings, field visits and presentations.

Produce 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: St Lucia (Brisbane), QLD

Salary: AU$88k – AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 76404

To be considered you will need:

A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Applied Mathematics, Ecological Modelling, Quantitative Marine Ecology or Statistics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
Demonstrated experience in computer programming (e.g. in R, Matlab, ADMB, TMB or similar)
Direct experience in the development, calibration and delivery of ecosystem models.

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 and other relevant fora.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to for role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2021/January 2022.

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

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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
31 August 2021, 11:00pm AEST

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

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Company: CSIRO

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