Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Canberra, ACT, AU
- Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as computer science, geography, economics, environment, agricultural science or social science or similar?
- Exciting opportunity to develop new socio-agro-ecological models of adaptive management strategies
- 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 CSIRO Data61 and Agriculture and Food business units are recently established a new 3-year shared strategy project to develop digital/data transformation for agriculture. As a member of this multidisciplinary team, you will work with CSIRO scientists, engineers and collaborate with national and international university partners to develop new socio-agro-ecological models of adaptive management strategies that have general applicability for decision making in agricultural landscape management.
The CERC Fellow will work closely with leading scientists in the Agriculture and Food and Data61 machine learning and data analytics business unit, developing computer simulation models for multiple actor landscape management. Your research will focus on developing a modelling framework that will allow for the integration of existing representations of human decision-making that are based on social science theories about land management behaviour in Australia, with real-time updates and system-learning based on observed behaviours. The successful candidate will work within national and international settings and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team.
In this role you will:
- Develop a computer simulation model using agent-based modelling approaches to explore multi-actor land management behaviours and the optimization of outcomes for both agricultural production and environmental protection.
- Implement the general model in specific contexts to provide adaptive management solutions based on future trajectories, through the integration of localized decision-making and observed behaviours.
- Publish results in relevant international scientific venues (high-level journals and conferences).
- Evaluate the developed model to demonstrate its fitness for purpose, taking responsibility for functionality, performance, and robustness.
Interpret and present research findings to scientists and practitioners from a wide range of other scientific areas.
Location: Brisbane, QLD or Canberra, ACT
Salary: AU$89k – AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
We’re interested in hearing from people who can demonstrate the following:
- A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as computer science, geography, economics, environment, agricultural science or social science.
- Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
- The ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research.
- Knowledge of agent-based simulation modelling methods and tools such as NetLogo, Repast or GAMA, or the ability to program with object-oriented languages such as Java or C++.
- Solid knowledge of theories on human decision-making and socio-agro-ecological systems.
- A history of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
- 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.
If you meet the majority of these requirements, please consider applying.
For full details about this role please view the Position Description
To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates).
The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.
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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.
21 November 2021, 11:00pm AEST
Drs. Austin Humphries and Elin Torell at the University of Rhode Island seek a postdoctoral associate to contribute to studies of the social-ecological drivers and impacts of distant water fleets on national fisheries and fisherfolk.
Background: Industrial distant water fleets (DWFs) have typically been identified in U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs as one of many threats to fisheries sustainability that can be mitigated through broader efforts to improve scientific, governance, and enforcement capacities and informed, organized constituencies. More recently, however, some USAID Missions have started to identify illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing by DWFs as a more direct and significant impediment to improving the management of national fisheries and are beginning to consider targeted interventions to counter the many impacts of DWFs on national fishery resources. DWFs sometimes engage in harvesting practices that are legal but unsustainable; the licenses that allow unsustainable activity may be the result of weak data and technical analyses and/or of corrupting influence on issuing officials.DWFs can also degrade fisheries if they extract resources illegally, resulting in habitat destruction or overharvesting. Often enforcement of illegal fishing by DWFs is challenging in developing contexts, either because enforcement institutions are under-equipped or because political influence disrupts the hand of justice. Additionally, there can be conflicts between DWFs and national fishers, which can include physical collisions, perceptions of unfair resource allocations, or extractions that erode domestic support for compliance with management rules.
Position Details: The position entails working with collaborators at the University of British Columbia and others with a focus on characterizing the ecological and socio-economic impacts of DWFs in select geographies. The research will cover a number of geographies missions listed in Annex A of the DWF Research Agenda. The final countries covered will be determined in collaboration with USAID but will include some of the following: a) target countries in U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy: Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal; b) Feed the Future aligned countries Mozambique and Tanzania; c) biodiversity priority countries: Indonesia, Madagascar, the Pacific Islands, and Philippines. The postdoctoral associate will produce/update a set of country level briefs for USAID Missions that includes analysis of the ecological and socio-economic impacts of DWFs. Other products from this research include peer-reviewed manuscripts, white papers, and policy briefs. The postdoctoral research associate will be based at the Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island and be supervised by Drs. Austin Humphries and Elin Torell. We all have a role to play in cultivating inclusion. Our culture is the result of our behaviors, our personal commitment, our curiosity, how we collaborate, and the ways that we share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. In turn, this inspires us to try new things, speak openly, and be bold. It brings us together as a research community and empowers all of us to connect, belong, and grow. We are especially interested in candidates that share this vision.
Qualifications: At the time of appointment, the candidate will hold a PhD in fisheries science, marine affairs,or a related field. Candidates should have strong writing and communication skills as well as a track record of delivering research products on time and in a professional manner. A proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals is desired. Also desired is a demonstrated expertise in quantitative data analysis related to fish stock assessment and/or socio-economic impact assessment. Ideal candidates will have experience working with diverse collaborators and across disciplines/geographies.
To Apply: Please follow instructions at https://jobs.uri.edu/postings/8826.For questions, email Drs. Austin Humphries firstname.lastname@example.org Elin Torell email@example.com. The position is open until filled with first consideration of applicants beginning on October 31, 2021.
Start date is negotiable but is anticipated around January or February 2022. Initial appointment will be for one year,with anticipated funding for two years, conditional upon performance. The University of Rhode Island offers competitive salary ($53,760 to $61,308 for this position) and benefits to its postdoctoral researchers and scholars.
For more information on the benefits available, visit https://web.uri.edu/hr/benefits/.
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