First listed on: 13 May 2019

CSIRO Science Leader - Fish, Food and Humans 

The Opportunity

  • Help secure the Australian National Fish Collection’s continued vitality
  • Provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches
  • Contribute to how specimens held in biological collections are used as tools for research

As the CSIRO Science Leader with the Australian National Fish Collection (ANFC), your Priority Area will address diverse gaps in our knowledge of the biology and population structure of fish.  Integrating current and new strands of knowledge, your research will lead to improved evolutionary biology of fish, management of human food and health, and marine biodiversity conservation.

ANFC comprises 157,000 specimens representing 3000 species of Australia’s unique marine fish fauna.  Still growing, this vital resource of marine biodiversity underpins understanding of iconic ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Southern Ocean.

Overall, the work to be undertaken in your Priority Area will heighten the impact of ANFC, and deliver key outcomes to marine science, industry sustainability and biodiversity conservation. Using a collaborative approach across CSIRO’s Business Units, research in this area will strengthen CSIRO as a global leader in collections-based, applied research of profound economic, cultural and scientific significance.

The program is directed towards mid-career researchers who have ~10 to 15 years of post PhD experience, and:

  • have established expertise and knowledge aligned to the strategic priority areas;
  • bring novel capability into CSIRO; and
  • develop cutting edge technology platforms not already in CSIRO.

As part of this key leadership role, you will

  • Develop an integrative research program in the Priority Area’s theme supported by two postdoctoral fellows and two PhD students.
  • Develop individual performance plans and oversee general day to day operations of the team.
  • Use professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program.
  • Communicate research results to the scientific community through oral and written reports.
  • Provide advice to policy makers and inform and transfer knowledge to non-scientific audiences.
  • Ensure that experiments are established in accordance with the research design and are completed within agreed timeframes and budget.

Location:           Hobart, Tasmania

Salary:               Attractive salary package offered

Tenure:               Indefinite with an initial five years specific science leader funding

Reference No.:  61584

A successful science leader will:

  • be recognised by their peers as making a significant contribution in their field of science or engineering;
  • have a track record of translating scientific outcomes into impact;
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate at the intersection of disciplines;
  • bring an extensive network which they will actively share across the whole organisation, engaging and satisfying multiple stakeholders; and
  • have the ability to mentor a team of talented postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students and attract distinguished visiting researchers.

To discuss this pivotal role in more detail, click on the link to the brochure below and make contact now.



At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment - CSIRO

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. D&I Strategy

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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Applications Close

Sunday 7 July, 2019 (11:59pm AEST)

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