First listed on: 12 February 2020

Research Scientist in Pelagic Fisheries 

The Opportunity
  • Are you ready for the next step in your career?
  • Contribute to research efforts in fisheries and population dynamics modelling
  • Join CSIRO and make a difference 

CSIRO is looking for a Research Scientist that will contribute to a portfolio of innovative research and provision of scientific advice for management of Australia’s domestic and regionally important international fisheries.

Your understanding of population dynamics modelling, stock assessments, and management strategy evaluation will be key to succeed in this role.

You will work on projects with staff from several teams of scientists to address Australia’s research priorities, with a focus on the tropical tuna and billfish fisheries in the South-West Pacific and Eastern Indian ocean.

Your duties will include:
  • Complete statistical analyses of fisheries data, including standardized catch-per-unit-effort abundance indices and manage the associated data sets.
  • Contribute to population dynamics models and participate in development and testing of harvest strategies using management strategy evaluation.  
  • Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and/or write scientific papers for publication.  

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF6), duties will also include:

  • Engaging in national and international scientific committees and represent CSIRO and Australia in providing scientific advice for domestic and regional fisheries management.
  • Providing advice to policy makers and inform and transfer knowledge to non-scientific audiences.  
  • Acting as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary:  AU$98k - AU$106k plus up to 15.4%  superannuation (CSOF5)
AU$113k - AU$132k plus up to 15.4%  superannuation (CSOF6)
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 64986

To be considered you will need:
  • PhD or equivalent experience in environmental science or natural resource management.
  • Demonstrated capability in statistical data analysis, management of large datasets and population dynamics modelling.
  • Programming skills in R, C or similar languages and in writing database queries.  
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at technical and stakeholder meetings.
  • Experience in working effectively in a team and a history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes.

Additional essential criteria for CSOF6 appointment:

  • Demonstrated experience in research project management and leadership.
  • Demonstrated capability in client engagement

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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

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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 requirments of this role.

Applications Close

Wednesday 11th March 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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