Experimental Scientist - Ecosystem Change Ecology


  • Add value with your capability in quantitative ecology and ecophysiology
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation!
  • Work with a dynamic group of researchers in the Ecosystem Change Ecology team

The Position

This position represents an exciting opportunity within the Ecosystem Change Ecology team based in Perth, Western Australia. The team generates knowledge on the mechanistic links and synergistic interactions between landscape change, species invasions and native species resilience in terrestrial e cosystems. Working in both natural and agricultural 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 rugged and remote Kimberley and Pilbara regions, and the Southwest Australian Ecoregion, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.

The appointee will contribute to delivering the portfolio of projects managed by the team, involving quantitative ecology and ecophysiology with a focus on plants and invertebrates. The role will involve experimental design and execution, including the provision and analysis of reliable and accurate data from across field, glasshouse and laboratory situations.

  • Develop and apply geostatistical methods to assist study of resource prospectivity;
  • Develop and apply novel machine learning tools to heterogeneous geoscience data; and
  • Develop new tools and techniques to assist in probabilistic mapping of resource potential.

Location: Floreat, Perth, WA
Salary: $61k - $78k plus up to 15.4% s uper
Tenure: 3 years with the possibility of extension
Reference: 54983

The successful candidate will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Ecology or a related field (e.g. Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science) and/or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated field-based research experience in quantitative ecology, preferably with a focus on plant ecology, plant ecophysiology, population ecology or plant-animal interactions.
  • Demonstrated experience in the collection and management of ecological data, including experimental design, execution and basic quantitative analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to conduct fieldwork across a range of terrestrial ecosystems, including in remote locations.
  • Experience undertaking controlled condition (e.g. glasshouse) experiments or laboratory analytical experiments is desirable.
  • Experience collaborating and communicating sensitively and effectively with land managers, including Aborig inal and Torres Strait Islander people and Government organisations is desirable.
  • An interest in understanding the impacts of global environmental change on ecosystems, including landscape modification, climate change and invasive alien species management is desirable.

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. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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. Find out more Balance

How to Apply: Candidates should develop a 1-2 A4 page research plan outlining their concepts for research they would like to undertake in this role should they be successful. Candidates should show how they can meet the research vision of Deep Earth Imaging.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here: [Position Description]

posted: 19 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.