First listed on: 12 May 2017

Climate Variability/Adaptation Scientist

  • Do you have a sound understanding of climate data?
  • Are you curious about how climate forecasts can be used to increase agricultural productivity and profitability?
  • Join a high performing team of specialised scientists in the Agriculture and Food group  

The Position

Digital Agricultural, informed by climate information, is revolutionising farming. The candidate will work with a dynamic team providing innovative solutions to improve access and use of climate information to support agricultural decisions, helping keep Australian farmers at the leading edge, and supporting farmers in developing countries. The work will include effective integration of climate information into a range of agricultural systems models and exploration of the forecast skill in terms of agricultural metrics (e.g. yield/liveweight benefits, farm scale profitability, value at risk etc.). The successful candidate will also possess a sound understanding of climate data and be able to diagnose the meteorological causes of low forecast skill in farming system applications, as well as, possess data programming and manipulation skills that can ensure continuous high-quality climate data via methods infilling, bias correction and possibly downscaling.  The candidate will work with a team making a difference to Australian and global agriculture.

Enquiries from applicants seeking part time work are encouraged and will be considered case-by-case.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Incorporate climate and weather related data into a series of agricultural systems models in order to measure forecast skill, climate change impacts or climate smart agricultural practices.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • 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 more senior Research Scientists.

Location: Canberra or Hobart
Salary: $92K - $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite/Ongoing
Reference: 37761

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as Agricultural Systems Science, Climatology, Meteorology or Applied Computing;
  • Demonstrated ability to innovatively design and apply software solutions to integrate, manipulate and analyse large climatic data sets with exisiting farming systems models e.g. APSIM, AUSfarm etc.
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders to understand differing approaches to decision making and risk management and developing tools to aid these.
  • Experience in working within high performing, multi-disciplinary teams and projects.
  • 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)

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter providing enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position Details document

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 1 June 2017.

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