First listed on: 27 July 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Collaborative Intelligence and Marine Ecosystem Modelling


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in socio-ecological or ecosystem modelling, quantitative marine ecology, applied mathematics, or artificial intelligence and machine learning?
  • Contribute to research to support sustainable management and adaptation strategies for marine systems
  • 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.

In this position you will be working at the forefront of both ecosystem modelling (and applied ecology/natural resource management more broadly), and human factors and artificial intelligence research.  You will join a dynamic transdisciplinary team with world-leading expertise in both ecosystem modelling in support of sustainable management of marine systems; and in frontier-applications of AI design and technologies. The novel nature of the work will require the Fellow to show research independence and take ownership of the project, while also interacting with and drawing on the experience of the broader team.

This project will be undertaken as a collaboration between the Coasts and Ocean (COR) Research Program and CSIRO’s Data61, with strong linkages with the Collaborative Intelligence (CINTEL) and Valuing Sustainability (VS) Future Science Platforms. The supervisory team also includes collaborators from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, the University of Melbourne and the international Fish-MIP (the Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project) further enhancing the collaborative links available to the incumbent Fellow.

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. 
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilise design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and apply non-academic impact methodology to research projects.
  • Carry out research investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation.

Location:   Hobart TAS;  St Lucia (Brisbane) QLD; or Crawley (Perth) WA
Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  86321

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as socio-ecological or ecosystem modelling, quantitative marine ecology, applied mathematics, or artificial intelligence and machine learning. 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, C, Python or similar).
  • Demonstrated experience in innovative modelling of complex systems (e.g. socio-ecological systems) and /or in the development and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools.
  • Understanding of ecological processes and/or social and behavioural drivers of human behaviour (at individual, group or institutional scales) and human factors. 

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 31 January 2023.

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

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and statement clearly addressing the selection criteria (both the cover letter and statement to be included in a single document of max 4-5 pages); and a CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role

Applications Close

31 August 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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