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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Ecosystem Modelling for Management


The Opportunity Do you want to help protect the Great Barrier Reef? Use your skills & knowledge to explore innovative ways to manage marine ecosystem threats. Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of a collaborative team with researchers at CSIRO and several partner agencies, to reduce the damaging impacts of crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) on coral populations across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This project will explore innovative ways to advance efforts towards greater use of tactical ecosystem models such as Models of Intermediate Complexity for Ecosystem assessment (MICE) to efficiently explore CoTS control options. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for leading development of fine-scale spatially resolved models for use in advising on dynamic optimisation of the spatial and temporal distribution of CoTS control under alternative bleaching and outbreak scenarios.

Your duties will include: Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes pertaining to the management of coral cover and crown-of-thorns-starfish on the Great Barrier Reef. Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and further development and application of novel ecological modelling approaches such as MICE. Translate outcomes of research activities to partners and end-users, for instance, through participation in management meetings, field visits and presentations.

Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals, and internal and external reports. Prepare appropriate conference papers and present those at national and international conferences as agreed with their supervisor . Location: St Lucia (Brisbane), QLD Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.

4% superannuation Tenure: Specified term of 3 years Reference: 76404 To be considered you will need: A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Applied Mathematics, Ecological Modelling, Quantitative Marine Ecology or Statistics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience. Demonstrated experience in computer programming (e.

g. in R, Matlab, ADMB, TMB or similar) Direct experience in the development, calibration and delivery of ecosystem models. High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national a.


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