First listed on: 03 August 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in improving the modelling of plankton in biogeochemical and ecosystem


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in mathematical modelling, mathematical ecology, biogeochemical modelling, ecosystem modelling?
  • Contribute to research to understand the role of zooplankton in our ecosystem
  • 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.

Although zooplankton – the most abundant animals on Earth – are critical in nutrient and carbon cycling and sustaining fisheries – their representation in models is rudimentary. This compromises our ability to manage fisheries, eutrophication and climate change. This Postdoctoral Fellow will develop novel methods for including zooplankton traits in biogeochemical and ecosystem models, with the aim of stimulating a paradigm shift in how we model marine systems.

Your duties will include:

  • Collaborate with the CSIRO modelling community in Brisbane and Hobart, developing an understanding of how zooplankton are modelled currently.
  • Review and synthesise zooplankton representation and parameterisation in models globally to develop a suite of best practice formulations and approaches.
  • Integrating ideas from the CSIRO modelling community, knowledge from the review and synthesis, and your own ideas and background, increase the functional complexity and realism of zooplankton in a CSIRO biogeochemical and an ecosystem model.
  • Evaluate how improved zooplankton representation and parameterisation influences nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, and fisheries production.

Location:  St Lucia (Brisbane), QLD, with visits to Hobart
Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  87494

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as mathematical modelling, mathematical ecology, biogeochemical modelling, ecosystem modelling. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Strong computer programming skills, preferably in R and/or Matlab.
  • 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.
  • 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 & 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 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.

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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 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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