Research Scientist (Ecosystem Change Ecologist)

Perth, Australia 🇦🇺

The Position:

This position represents an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated scientist to join the Ecosystem Change Ecology team based in Perth, Western Australia.  This multidisciplinary team generates knowledge on the mechanistic links and synergistic interactions between landscape change, species invasions and native species decline in terrestrial ecosystems.  Working in both agricultural and natural systems, we undertake research and develop theory to underpin more effective policy and management actions for conservation, invasion and production challenges in the face of rapid global change.

Our location provides an exceptional opportunity to work on highly endemic and unique ecosystems across temperate and tropical climates, including the National Heritage-listed and remote Kimberley region, and the Southwest Australia Ecoregion, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.  The team delivers to both the Land & Water and the Health & Biosecurity Business Units in CSIRO, has strong links with the University of Western Australia via collaborative research and student supervision, and undertakes research with a network of collaborators and on behalf of clients both in Australia and overseas.

The role of a Research Scientist in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems.  You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.

Specifically you will:

  • Undertake laboratory, controlled condition and field-based research to address challenges in both conservation and invasion biology in terrestrial systems.
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific study by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas into existing and future research.
  • Produce quality scientific papers suitable for publication in high quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to the team by leading research projects, including the negotiation and securing of external funding requirements.
  • Communicate professionally, effectively and respectfully in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally-dispersed research team, to undertake independent scientific investigations and carry out associated tasks.
  • Under the guidance of Senior Research Scientists, work collaboratively and honestly with internal and external colleagues, clients and partners to help define and satisfy objectives for small to medium research projects.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and on-the-job training to technical staff and students to ensure experiments are established in accordance with research design.

Location:   Floreat, Perth, WA
Salary:       AUD$92K – AUD$100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:     Indefinite
Reference: 19461

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as plant-animal interactions, plant ecology, plant ecophysiology or ecosystem function in the context of biological threats and/or environmental change.
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant postdoctoral research experience, or equivalent.
  • Quantitative skills investigating pattern and process in terrestrial ecosystems, including strong statistical and data analysis skills, such as point pattern analysis and/or big data analytics.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure and lead projects focused on plant ecology research, requiring demonstrated field-based and laboratory research experience in a relevant area, such as plant-animal interactions, plant ecophysiology or ecosystem function in the context of biological threats and/or environmental change.

  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and lateral thinking into scientific investigations to investigate complex issues and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate solutions to research challenges.

  • 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.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world.
We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

CSIRO Land & Water provides the science to underpin Australia’s economic, social and environmental prosperity through stewardship of land and water resources ecosystems, and urban areas.
CSIRO Health & Biosecurity  helps to protect Australia from biosecurity threats and risks posed by serious exotic and endemic pests and pathogens.

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only containing your CV, Cover letter and responses to the Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Details Document.  Provide enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.

Before you apply please view full position description and selection criteria here:  Position Details Document

Applications close:  11:59pm AEST, 17 July 2016