Climate Adaptation and Extremes Scientist

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Various, , AU

The Opportunity
  • Do you have an interest in climate science & its current challenges?
  • Use your skills to support climate adaptation across food and agriculture industries
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science and technology research organisation 

CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food is seeking to appoint a Climate Adaptation and Extremes Scientist. This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Scientist to work in a highly influential and well-connected group tackling some of Australia’s most pressing problems.

As the successful candidate you will work with world class scientists to deliver systems around agroclimatic information. You will foster adaptation across the farming and agribusiness community, with a strategic focus on adaptation under extremes and thresholds of a +3-degree world.

Your duties will include:
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for existing and future research.
  • Develop relationships with Australian agricultural and agribusiness stakeholders that generate understanding of climate change challenges and leads to CSIRO business and revenue as bi-lateral or through multi-lateral partnerships.
  • Engage with multiple levels of Government to contribute to policy in the area of agriculture and climate change.
  • Contribute to national and international agendas as an established or emerging leader in climate adaptation, advising industry, communities and governments.
  • Develop technologies that are adopted or used in consultation with industry to mitigate climate change risk, transition through thresholds of change, and take advantage of opportunities in the face of climate change challenges.
  • Publish results and patent and commercialise applications.

Location:  Hobart TAS preferred. St Lucia Brisbane QLD or Canberra ACT may be considered.

Salary:  AU$113k – AU$132k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  66614

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as climate science, agriculture, management sciences, environmental science or similar.
  • Experience in one or more of climate adaptation, decision sciences, climate change, food systems vulnerability and climate risk management.
  • Training or demonstrated knowledge of agricultural systems science.
  • Demonstrated capability to use and translate climate information, climate forecasts or analyses into an agricultural context to de-risk decision making.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

If the successful candidate is not an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident, the appointment will be conditional upon you obtaining and maintaining, for the duration of the agreement, the necessary immigration approvals and visa required to work within Australia.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

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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

Sunday 10 May 2020, 11:00 pm AEST





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