CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Modelling Multi-actor Socio-agro-ecological Systems

Date: 21-Oct-2021

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity

  • 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
Reference:  77807

About You

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.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people across por society and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.  We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

21 November 2021, 11:00pm AEST