Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial Ecological Modelling

Job Description: 

•Are you a highly motivated, recent (or near) PhD graduate in Ecology and Spatial Sciences?

•Have you worked for 3 years or less in a research role since receiving your PhD?

•Gain a CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship and contribute to work that has a broader commercial impact in Australia!

The Position

Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers, who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

In this role, you will be a part of the Health and Biosecurity team at CSIRO but will also be affiliated with the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change at JCU. You will have a lead role in developing novel analytical pathways to derive fine scale spatial and temporal resolution models of large introduced herbivores (pig, Sus scrofa, cattle, Bos indicus and buffalo, Bubalus bubalis). Working with CSIRO Data61 researchers, you will utilise CSIRO’s sensor cloud to access continuous data from environmental and GPS tracking sensors and use advanced modelling methods to better understand seasonal resource use and movement.

Specifically, you will:

•Improve management of feral animals through the use of spatial ecological modelling that integrates existing knowledge and suitability and connectivity models with environmental sensor data and movement data from pigs, cattle and buffalo.
•Work with 3 indigenous ranger organisations in Arnhem Land and Cape York Peninsula to develop suitable visualisation of results and to support strategic planning for feral animal control using the results of high resolution models.
•With assistance initiate the inception, planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
•Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and write scientific papers for publication in high-impact journals.
•Ensure end-user impact, including through the development of deep stakeholder relationships.

Location:      Townsville, QLD, Australia
Salary:          AU $78K - AU $88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified Term of 3 years
Reference:    44326

Please note that whilst this role will be based at the Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation (ATSIP) in Townsville, there is the option of being based at the Ecosciences Precinct (ESP) in Brisbane until late 2017.

For more details about this exciting opportunity click on the position details link: Position Details

To be successful you will need:

•A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in Ecology and Spatial Sciences.

•The willingness and ability to travel to remote Northern Australia to undertake field work.

•High level proficiency in ecological spatial modelling across large spatial scales with temporal components, including in the use of High Performance Computing clusters and parallel processing methods for analysing large spatial datasets.

•Demonstrated ability to develop and pursue novel research aimed at developing a functional understanding of ecological phenomena.

•Demonstrated cooperation and collaboration skills, including an ability to work with culturally diverse stakeholders and to cross disciplinary boundaries as well as demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team.

•Strong written and oral communication skills including an ability in constrained time frames to publish research results in high impact journals, and to write reports and make scientific presentations to audiences with scientific and non-scientific background.

•Ability to, under guidance, identify and secure new R&D opportunities through deep engagement with stakeholders.

Owing to the terms of this fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant full time postdoctoral experience.

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How to Apply: To apply for this position you will be required to submit your resume and cover letter, as one document, highlighting your experience as relevant to the role requirements.

Applications close: Tuesday 15th August , 2017 (10:59pm AEST)

Job Location: 
Townsville, Queensland
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017