Research Consultant - Regional Economic Modeller


  • Initiate, develop, lead and promote CSIRO's research capability through strategic partnerships with industry
  • Pivotal role combining research and entrepreneurship
  • Focus on integrating regional economics with hydrological, agricultural and social sciences

The role of the Research Consultant is to initiate, develop, lead and promote CSIRO's research capability for the benefit of Australia's economy through strategic partnerships both locally and internationally. The primary responsibility is to contribute to the management of local and international research, client relationships, staff and resources. You will provide scientific leadership in linking basin scale hydrological processes, hydropower energy production and agricultural production to regional/national scale economic assessments. The Research Consultant will also contribute to the wider inter-disciplinary efforts of the Land and Water business unit, within international projects that assess the integrated energy, food and water security of large river basins located within countries typified as developing economies.

The Research Consultant will build and maintain local and international alliances and networks that provide an up-to-date awareness of advances in technology and ideas. You will report on the uptake, outcome and impact of research outputs, provide a lead role in securing project funds through interactions with local and international clients and prepare detailed research proposals and project reports. You will seek advances in scientific knowledge and build on original and innovative concepts of others, recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives.

Specifically you will:

  • Conduct original research in integrating regional economics with hydrological, agricultural and social sciences within the business unit's research direction in large basin-scale impacts.
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Deliver high impact external projects locally and internationally (such as the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio delivering to South Asia).
  • Lead and deliver projects contributing to inter-disciplinary research in CSIRO and Land and Water, particularly in the areas of regional economic impacts associated with water resource management, hydropower and agricultural development and the socio-economic impacts.
  • Contribute key elements of L&W (and the BMO Program) delivery to Food - Energy - Water nexus science.
  • Work closely with industry clients to ensure a strong business pipeline of projects and delivery of research outcomes and transferring technologies and/or guidelines for adoption.
  • Foster collaboration and interactions between scientists and clients, maintain effective client relationships and develop new client relationships/opportunities for new business.
  • Identify opportunities for new projects based on industry/ community problems and identify potential sources of funding. Contribute to funding negotiations and advise on resource allocation.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.

Location: Black Mountain, ACT
Salary: $106k - $124k plus up to 15.4% super
Term: Indefinite / Permanent
Reference Number: 26682

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline, such as Development Economics, Regional Economic Modelling and Water Resource Management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by high-level reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities, and the capacity to identify and influence critical stakeholders to gain support for contentious proposals/ideas.
  • Emerging international scientific reputation and demonstrated experience of coupling regional scale economic models to agricultural, energy, environmental, hydrological and/or sociological modelling platforms. A record of quality publications as primary author in high impact, peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and use of multi-region economic modelling for integrated water resources management and basin or national scale planning.
  • Interest in contributing to integrated assessment and modelling within a linked multi-model framework, applied at global, regional, and national scales.
  • Experience in developing inter-organisation collaborations between jurisdictional, educational and scientific institutions in the water management industry.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking business development in an R&D context with track record of funding.
  • Willingness to travel as required to developing countries.
  • Experience in computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling is desirable, as is experience with energy sector economics with a focus on hydropower generation.

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How to Apply: Please provide enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter.

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

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEST, 7 November 2016

posted: 07 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.