Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecological Remote Sensing

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Darwin, NT, AU

The Opportunity
  • Take your research career to the next level!
  • Apply your experience in remote sensing techniques to help inform decisions to protect Australia’s biodiversity.
  • Work with world leading scientists in CSIRO Land and Water’s Ecosystem Dynamics team.

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 focus of this postdoctoral fellowship will be to integrate next generation LiDAR, RADAR and optical sensor technologies to develop novel metrics for mapping and monitoring essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) from space. As the successful candidate you will apply these unique methods to the savannas of northern Australia, where vegetation cover is extensively intact, despite dramatic declines in biodiversity. Your work will help us to better understand and cost-effectively monitor how the cumulative impacts of rapid, broad-scale development, such as the establishment of an onshore gas industry in the savanna region of northern Australia, may impact on ecosystem condition for supporting biodiversity, to inform best-practice management.  You will use a combination of LiDAR metrics to determine ecosystem condition, calibrated against on-ground biodiversity assessments, and integrated with satellite imagery to scale these metrics across landscapes and regions. The broader goal of the project is to develop an innovative, scalable platform for detecting change in EBVs, resulting in better environmental baseline measures, impact assessment and adaptive management options for preventing biodiversity loss.

Under the direction of senior research scientists and engineers, CERC Postdoctoral Fellows will:
  •  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.
  • Plan and prepare research proposals, and apply non-academic impact methodology to research project.
  • Carry out research investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation.

Location: Darwin, NT
Salary: AU$86k – AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 67716

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as ecology, remote sensing or geoinformatics.
    Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in applying remote sensing techniques to ecological questions.
  • Experience in handling and analysing large, remotely-sensed datasets.
  • Proficiency in experimental design and robust statistical analysis.
  • Proficiency in a programming language a such as R, Python, JavaScript or C++.
  • 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


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

Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2020/January 2021.

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

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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 July  2020, 11:00pm AEST





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