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Research Scientist in Global Change Ecology with CSIRO in Floreat (Perth), Western Australia

Type of position Tenure: Specified term of 5 years, with the possibility of extension
Employer CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Description of Employer About CSIRO

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Location Floreat (Perth) Western Australia
Description of Location Mediterranean climate

Beautiful beaches up and down the city coast (and beyond)

Stunning river for water activities all year round

Great food and arts culture

Salary AU$113k – AU$132k per annum
Benefits up to 15.4% employer contributed superannuation (pension fund)
Closing date of competition Sunday 3 November, 2019 (11pm AEDT, Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time_
Date position available 2020 (subject to visa timing)
Description of duties

• Undertake dynamic research for managing invasive species and global environmental change

Exciting opportunity for someone transitioning from an early- to mid-career role

Provide science leadership within Ecosystem Change Ecology team

In this position you will conduct innovative research using the latest advances in ecology, remote sensing and plant-animal interactions.  With a focus on developing science-based solutions for invasive species management, your research may involve:

  1. elucidating ecological impacts of invasive species,

  2. identifying interventions for invasive species management,

  3. empirical research on ecology and ecophysiology of focal invasive species, and

  4. mitigating the impact of global environmental change on invasive species threats.

Leading components of existing projects and providing scientific leadership on new projects, you will collaborate across Australia and internationally. You will ensure timely and successful delivery on key milestones of externally-funded projects in close collaboration with scientists across CSIRO and in other institutions.

With skills in biosecurity (as it relates to invasive species management), plant ecology and plant-herbivore interactions, you will provide leadership to the Ecosystem Change Ecology team based in Perth, Western Australia, which has strong links with the University of Western Australia via collaborative research and student supervision.

Your duties will include

Devising strategy and assuming overall scientific responsibility for research and interpretation of results.

Contributing to fieldwork across a range of ecosystems, including in remote locations in Australia and overseas.

Interacting positively and working collaboratively with internal and external colleagues, partners and customers.

Anticipating industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking.

The use of professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program.

Providing advice to policy makers and transferring knowledge to key stakeholders.

Translating research outputs into high impact on-ground outcomes.

Publishing research results and presenting findings to clients, non-scientific audiences and the scientific community, at national and international conferences and meetings.

Leading, supervising and mentoring staff to deliver research projects within the agreed timeframes and budget.

Reference No.:    62579

Qualifications sought

The position is best suited to someone transitioning from an early- to mid-career role.  To be considered you will hold a doctorate and/or have equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as plant ecology or plant-animal interactions, preferably in the context of invasive species management and/or global environmental change.  You will also have:

Strong and collaborative communication skills and a history of professional behaviours.

Substantial postdoctoral experience and a strong record of publication in high quality, peer reviewed journals.

Theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge in applied ecology relevant to invasive species management.

The ability to lead projects focused on delivering science-based solutions for stakeholders.

Laboratory- and field-based research experience in relation to plant population and/or community ecology in terrestrial ecosystems, and a willingness to undertake remote field work.

A record of science innovation and creativity

The ability to lead and work effectively within a multi-disciplinary, multi-location research team, and carry out independent individual research.

A current Australian Class ‘C’ driver’s licence (or equivalent).

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent, and will undertake a medical examination prior to commencement.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click here.

Contact for additional information Dr Bruce Webber via email: Bruce.Webber@csiro.au or phone: +61 8 9333 6802


Dr Raghu Sathyamurthy via email: Raghu.Sathyamurthy@csiro.au or phone: +61 7 3833 5762Please do not email your application directly to Dr Webber or Dr Sathyamurthy. Applications received via this method will not be considered.

Application procedure  
Submit what Apply Online

Candidates are asked to view all pre-requisites and criteria outlined under ‘Selection Criteria’ on the ‘Position Details’ document at the link above. When applying, please upload your CV where indicated, and also upload a covering letter which includes responses to the abovementioned criteria.

Reference No.: 62579

Submit to Online applications only accepted – https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Perth%2C-WA-Team-Leader-Invasive-Species-Management/585020000/
Additional Information 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.

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