Research Scientist - Tropical farming systems

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Darwin, Australia

Job posting number: #7117386 (Ref:cj_90395)

Posted: December 7, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity



•    Join the world-class farming systems research program at CSIRO 

•    Make an impact in the future of sustainable agriculture in northern Australia

•    Collaborate with industry, government and the community to  make a real-world difference  

Join the innovative and impact-focused research at CSIRO Agriculture and Food to deliver science and technology that increase the resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems. 

The sustainable development of farming in northern Australia is complex, requiring the solution of problems ranging from basic agronomy of crops to issues of economic, social, cultural and environmental impact and licence.
You will work with others in the organisation to bring expert knowledge of farming systems science, together with digital approaches to agricultural research to provide more in-depth information on the sustainability of existing and, importantly, potential future farming systems. 
The successful candidate will need to be comfortable engaging with the research community inside and outside CSIRO, agri-industry and other stakeholders. 



Your duties will include:

•    Engage with external stakeholders to understand and help shape the vision for sustainable farming systems in northern Australia.
•    Identify potential benefits and disbenefits arising from the different systems, at scales from farm to catchment.
•    Develop a suite of research activities to quantify and manage these benefits and disbenefits, with outputs relevant to a range of stakeholders.
•    Explore and then communicate the spatial and temporal variability of impacts and outputs of different farming systems. 
•    Enlist collaborators to broaden the scope of these research activities and communication with stakeholders. 
•    Communicate results to scientific peers and stakeholders through publications, workshops, demonstrations, etc.
•    Publish papers in high quality scientific journals, and present research at relevant industry and academic conferences.
•    Work collaboratively with colleagues within your team, the business unit, across CSIRO and other organisations.
•    Other duties as directed.

Location: Townsville, Queensland or Darwin, NT

Salary:  AU$105,806 - AU$114,500 pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified Term of 4 Years, Full-time

Reference:  90395

To be considered you will need:



Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
•    A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant discipline area, such as agriculture and/or environmental science, using simulation modelling or other agri- or environmental-informatics techniques to better understand and scale results.
•    Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
•    A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
•    A proven ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous activities
•    The demonstrated ability to effectively manage a number of competing priorities simultaneously and carry out non-routine tasks under general direction.
•    Possession of a current C-class (car) driver’s licence.
•    Ability to travel to field sites and other locations for short time periods (e.g. 2-10 days).

•    Demonstrated theoretical and/or practical knowledge of the multifaceted performance of farming systems, such as production, farm economic, environmental (greenhouse gasses, water quality) outputs.
•    Understanding of cultural and social impacts and investor needs of sustainable agricultural development in the tropics. 
•    The application and development of simulation models together with extensive data sets (land systems data, earth observation, etc) to quantify and scale through space and time farming systems outcomes.
•    Demonstrated knowledge and application of contemporary data management and analysis approaches (such as using R, python, javascript, etc.), and programming (e.g. C#).

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Monday 23rd January 2023 AEDT   

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