CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantitative Coastal Marine Ecology

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 investigate the spatial scales of ecological facilitation among coastal habitats such as coral reefs, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, mangroves, saltmarsh and/or kelp beds. Work will involve synthesis and modelling, which may consist of statistical, decision support, and/or process-based ecological or coastal oceanographic modelling, depending on the skills and interests of the fellow, as well as development of a web-based communication tool. The findings will be used to inform cost-effective decision-making strategies for coastal restoration. Opportunities for empirical field research in intertidal or subtidal ecosystems will be encouraged for suitably qualified applicants. The Postdoctoral Fellow will lead independent research in collaboration with the project team, and directly inform managers about key ecological processes in coastal ecosystems relevant to restoration by focusing on research that allows testing of novel questions using cutting-edge science.

Your duties will include:

Use novel analysis techniques to synthesize and assess the interaction directions, strengths, and distances of facilitative ecological processes among coastal habitats. Key processes to target may include water filtration, nutrient uptake, wave attenuation, and/or fish connectivity.

Assess trade-offs and spatial dependencies over multiple scales when restoring multiple habitats in connected coastal seascapes aimed at improving effectiveness and scalability of ecological recovery efforts.

Translate outcomes of research activities to partners and end-users, for instance, through leading workshops and by developing interactive web-tools.

Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals.

Location: St Lucia (Brisbane), Queensland

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 75723

To be considered you will need:

A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as marine ecology, conservation, ecological modelling, oceanography, 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.

Knowledge of coastal marine ecosystems and ecosystem services.

Demonstrated experience in computer programming (e.g. in R, Matlab, Python, or similar).

Experience in, or potential to, coordinate and facilitate workshops (in person or virtual) with participants from diverse backgrounds and across different time zones.
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 for this 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.

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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

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