First listed on: 08 April 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aquaculture Production 

The Opportunity

  • Lead an integrated value chain analysis process for Penaeus species to design and monitor impacts of strategic R&D projects.
  • Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer - kick-start your research career.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will play an instrumental role in an integrated value chain analysis process for Penaeus species in the Lower Mekong in Vietnam by a multi-disciplinary team of CSIRO scientists in order to deliver an overarching action plan and monitoring framework that helps a key private sector client in reaching their global goal of increased market share by 2033.

A major focus of this role will be integrating aquaculture production knowledge with value chain analyses to enable identification and delivery of key research priority areas. Additionally you will incorporate a strong impact focus, building a monitoring framework with the client to enable tracking of progress towards the priority outcomes for client business. 

Your duties will include

Under the direction of senior research scientists and engineers, CERC Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Utilise understanding and experience of research pathways to triple bottom line impact; co-constructing with clients potential paths to impact; designing and implementing research plans that will contribute to longer-term impacts. 
  • With private sector client representatives and CSIRO colleagues, develop action plans that will enable prioritisation of research elements and integrate monitoring framework that facilitates continued data collection to track progress to impact and conduct intermittent evaluations.
  • Using value chain and business approach, actively contribute to the planning, management, and delivery of research investigations in shrimp postlarvae quality improvement, broodstock maturation and biosecurity, extensive and intensive production techniques, feed production and feeding improvements.
  • Assist project management in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; help coordinate project activities and communication with the private sector client.

Location:      St Lucia, Brisbane
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Salary:          AU$82K – AU$93K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:   60935

To be successful you will need

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

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as aquaculture, agribusiness or fisheries economics.
    • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Good understanding of aquaculture production and/or value chain in general and shrimp farming in particular (development history, current status, technological advances, barriers for further development, opportunities for improvement, etc.) 
  • Experience in working with the private sector or multi-stakeholder projects
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally
  • The ability and willingness to travel between sites and to overseas locations (e.g. Southeast Asia).
  •  A current full drivers licence or the ability to obtain one

For more information please view the Position Description. 
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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


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. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Sunday, 5th May, 2019.

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