Senior Hydroclimate Scientist




Canberra, ACT

Salary etc:

AU$136k - AU$150k plus up to 15.4% super. Tenure: Indefinite.



The Opportunity

  • Apply your hydroclimate research expertise to innovative projects with real world-impact
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team researching climate change impacts on hydrology
  • Join CSIRO, Australia’s leading scientific research organisation

As a Senior Hydroclimate Scientist, you will contribute to research into the hydrological impacts of climate change and adaptation in the water resources and related sectors, particularly across the Murray-Darling Basin, a vitally important food bowl located in south-eastern Australia. You will make scientific advancements in multi-disciplinary research, particularly at the interface of climate and water, and be expected to provide leadership in the impacts of climate change on water and the associated flow-on impacts to agriculture, society and the environment.

You will work on a range of externally-funded projects in south-eastern Australia, including the Water and  Environment Research Program (WERP) funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and the Victorian Water and Climate Initiative funded by the Victorian Department of Land and Water Planning.

Your duties will include:

  • Represent CSIRO externally, including in public forums, with industry, the research sector and with State and Federal Government
  • Act as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of the client’s business and understanding their underlying needs
  • Anticipate industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking, and identify and adapt quickly to changes
  • Within broad guidelines, use professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program with general direction as to the aims of the activities
  • Communicate research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications
  • Provide advice to policy makers and inform and transfer knowledge to non-scientific audiences
  • Undertake feasibility studies, demonstrating a considerable degree of originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches

To be considered you will need:

Essential Criteria:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A PhD degree or equivalent research experience in hydrological science or environmental science
  • More than 15 years of research experience in hydroclimate research, in particular climate change impacts on hydrology and water resources adaptation to a changing climate
  • Demonstrated experience in application of research directly informing management and planning in the water resources and related sectors
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including an ability to publish research results, write reports and make scientific presentations to audiences with scientific and non-scientific backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team in order to meet deadlines and respond productively to changing requirements
  • Ability to work independently to define and carry-out specific work goals

Desirable Criteria:

  • Strong publication record
  • Leadership and/or innovation in research
  • Experience in delivering to projects funded by government and industry
  • Experience in securing research funding
  • Knowledge of key water resources issues in Australia

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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Closing date:

19-Mar-2021, 11pm

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