Research Scientist - Invertebrate Pest Management & Biological Control

Black Mountain, Canberra
$AU95K - $AU103K pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation
August 30 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
  • Are you an early career, highly motivated research scientist?
  • Do you have skills in entomology, ecology and ecological genetics?
  • Join a high performing team of multi-disciplinary scientists in the Program Managing Invasive Species and Diseases

The Position

This position, which is open to Australian and international candidates, is an exciting opportunity for an early career, highly motivated research scientist with skills in entomology, ecology and ecological genetics to join the Program Managing Invasive Species and Diseases of the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit of CSIRO. This multi-disciplinary program undertakes research to reduce the actual and potential (via imports and exports) economic, environmental and social impacts of national priority pests, weeds and diseases of agriculture and the environment.

The role of a Research Scientist in CSIRO is to lead projects that conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies. You will be leading two existing externally-funded projects - biological control of invasive Mediterranean snails affecting agriculture and introduction of new species of dung beetles to help bury excess livestock dung in agricultural systems. Both projects involve close collaboration with staff based at the CSIRO European Laboratory in Montpellier, France and other scientists in collaborating agencies and Universities. 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, develop new business, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts and beneficial impacts.

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:          $95K - $103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years

Reference:    44328

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