Research Scientist - Weed Ecology & Biological Control

Black Mountain, Canberra
$AU92K - $AU100K pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation
August 03 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

•Are you an early career, highly motivated research scientist?
•Do you have skills in plant ecology and plant-natural enemy interactions?
•Join a high performing team of multi-disciplinary scientists in the Weed Biological Control Team  

The Position

This position is an exciting opportunity for an early career, highly motivated research scientist with skills in plant ecology and plant-natural enemy interactions to join the Weed Biological Control Team of the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit of CSIRO. This multi-disciplinary, multi-location team undertakes research to identify, test, deploy and evaluate biological control agents for weeds of agricultural and/or natural ecosystems in Australia.

The role of a Research Scientist in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies. You will be engaged in scientific activities to develop approaches that increase likelihoods of establishment of biological control agents in the field and evaluate their efficacy in controlling weed populations and the flow-on impact on the ecosystems. Career development will require broadening your research portfolio by identifying new opportunities and securing new funding for projects that deliver on CSIRO’s strategy. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Find out more here!:

Your responsibilities will include:

•Devising strategy and assuming overall scientific responsibility for research and interpreting results to deliver on project-related outputs.
•Undertaking laboratory, controlled environment conditions and field-based research (including experimental design and data analyses) to deliver on project-related outputs.
•Incorporating novel approaches to scientific study by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas into existing and future research.
•Under the guidance of senior colleagues, developing new research projects, including negotiation and securing of external funding requirements.
•Interacting positively or working collaboratively with internal and external colleagues, partners and customers to build productive relationships and collaborations regionally, nationally and internationally, to enhance impact of the science or create new business opportunities.

Location:      Black Mountain, Canberra

Salary:          $92K - $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years

Reference:    44327

To be successful you will need:

•A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a plant ecology and plant-natural enemy interactions, preferably in the context of weed biological control;
•Demonstrated theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge relevant to weed biological control, including a strong empirical background in plant ecology and plant-natural enemy interactions and statistical and data analysis skills.
•Demonstrated laboratory and field-based research experience with plants and their natural enemies.
•Demonstrated ability to lead projects or components of large multi-disciplinary projects and secure external funding for projects focused on delivering science-based solutions for stakeholders.

Who we are:  The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Find out more at

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.

This role is open to Australian and International candidates.

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

Applications Close:  17 September 2017