Freshwater Ecologist

Albury, NSW, Australia
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Experience Level: 
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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a passion in freshwater ecology?
  • Lead a dedicated team in ground breaking research
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

CSIRO’s Land and Water is seeking to appoint a Freshwater Ecologist.

We are seeking an ecologist, who has expertise in freshwater science, who can develop strategy, new projects and research initiatives. We anticipate the successful candidate having a strong client focus and network. Having expertise in leading and managing research projects teams is essential and capability teams is desirable. We are seeking applicants with a working knowledge of Australian river systems, with international experience being desirable but not essential.

We are seeking demonstrated outputs in science and impact, in developing the understanding of the management of freshwater systems, with outcomes being adopted in planning and management of freshwater rivers and wetlands. We expect this person to be have experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, working across physical scales and in communicating complex scientific concepts and outcomes to a broad range of stakeholders.

Your duties will include

  • Incorporate advanced ecological understanding of freshwater systems, adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research projects.
  • Attract and lead delivery of research and impact into major areas such as the Murray-Darling Basin, but also to provide high level input to water issues throughout Australia.
  • Interact with key clients, (e.g. MDBA, CEWO, State Governments), other programs in CSIRO Land & Water and across various Business units within CSIRO and with external project-based research partners.
  • Provide advice to policy makers and inform and transfer knowledge to non-scientific audiences.
  • 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.

Location: Albury NSW

Salary: AU$136,437 - AU$150,956 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 61447

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area of freshwater ecology 
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge of wider aspects of riverine and floodplain ecology, with a strong understanding of the research needs and ecological issues within Murray-Darling Basin, and potentially throughout Australia
  • A track record on interactions with key State and Federal stakeholders.
  • A strong record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals as well as client reports
  • 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
  • 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.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

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Applications Close

Monday 17 June 2019 at 11.59pm AEST