CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial-temporal Soil Carbon Modelling

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7075100 (Ref:cj_71223)

Posted: February 15, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in agricultural modelling, spatial data science, or applied remote sensing?
  • Lead the development of the 'Next-generation national dynamic space-time empirical soil carbon model'
  • Contribute to the research improving soil carbon stock accounting to enhance Australia's national carbon accounting system


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.


To unlock the potential benefits from soil carbon projects, we need to simultaneously reduce the cost and increase the quality of data necessary to adapt the existing and approved methodological framework for carbon accounting to one that can utilise remotely sensed data streams.  Achieving this will not only provide low-cost abatement to mitigate climate change while emissions in other sectors are reduced but also provides an opportunity to use carbon market financing to improve Australia's soil assets. The CERC postdoctoral fellow will lead the development of 'Next-generation national dynamic space-time empirical soil carbon model'. The outcome of this research will improve soil carbon stock accounting at the national level to enhance Australia's national carbon accounting system. This will create the basis for improved uptake of carbon farming under the Emissions Reduction Fund or other market mechanisms. 

Your duties will include:

  • Participate and contribute to engagements with peers, government and key stakeholders to obtain feedback and guidance on the project.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Use soil carbon datasets and geospatial datasets to develop spatial-temporal soil carbon empirical models.  
  • Introduce mechanistic understanding of soil carbon to develop empirical models through deriving innovative covariates.  
  • Design and conduct landscape-scale experiments to test the developed models and model uncertainty.


Location: Canberra, ACT
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 71223


To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as agricultural modelling, spatial data science or applied remote sensing. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • Demonstrated track record of 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 and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A clear record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.


Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia.


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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

15 March 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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