First listed on: 27 November 2019

Principal Research Scientist: International Fisheries and Conservation

The Opportunity
  • Are you ready for the next step in you career?
  • Lead research efforts in fisheries and conservation management
  • Join CSIRO and make a difference

Marine Resources and Industry (MRI) is seeking to employ a Principal Research Scientist with extensive international fisheries and conservation management experience, including representational roles at international fisheries management organisations.

The successful candidate will work within the International Fisheries portfolio, drawing on expertise from within MRI, to develop and expand CSIRO’s research on the monitoring, management and provision of scientific advice on commercial pelagic fisheries and threatened, endangered, and protected (TEP) species.

You will have an initial focus on science to inform management and conservation of highly migratory tunas and sharks. As part of a highly innovative research team, you will have strong collaboration skills and an excellent publication record, in a relevant field, demonstrating the development and application of novel approaches to address critical research, management and policy challenges in marine resource management.

The position also requires strong quantitative skills (in statistics, population dynamics or related areas), high level research leadership experience, and a demonstrated ability to engage with government and non-government organisations to provide rigorous scientific advice for policy development and management.

Your duties will include
  • Identifying and securing funding for large research projects in the international fisheries management context with a focus on methods to assess pelagic shark and tuna populations.  
  • Providing high level representation in international fisheries forums and effective engagement with key clients.
  • Managing the implementation of research, including the preparation of budgets, proposals, client liaison and reporting for large, multi-year projects.
  • Producing high quality spoken and written reports and scientific manuscripts, and effectively tailor scientific communications to a variety of audiences.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$136k - AU$150k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 64177

To be successful you will need
  • Ph.D. in Fisheries Science, Resource Management/Modelling or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated strong quantitative skills and a strong track record of applying these to fisheries, management and conservation problems.
  • Demonstrated high level research leadership experience in managing large multidisciplinary projects and teams of researchers.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with government to provide rigorous scientific advice for management and policy development.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to complex and dynamic multi-stakeholder environments, including regional fisheries management organisations, and engagement with conservation NGO and industry bodies.  
  • Demonstrated ability to develop international partnerships/collaborations and have a track record of securing and managing substantial external funding for a suite of projects. 
  • Strong collaboration skills at an international and cross-institutional level and with industry and stakeholder groups.
  • An excellent publication record, in a relevant field, demonstrating the development and application of novel approaches to address critical research, management and policy challenges in marine resource management.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view 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

Tuesday 24th December, 2019

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