First listed on: 03 November 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aquatic Weeds Management


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, freshwater ecology, plant science, agricultural science, or environmental science or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to plan and develop efficient control options for some of Queensland’s worst aquatic weeds.
  • 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 Postdoctoral Fellow in Aquatic Weeds Management will join the Tropical Weeds team and work in close collaboration with aquatic weed ecology and management team within the Invasive Plant and Animal Science group, Biosecurity Queensland. The role will plan and investigate various aspects of invasive aquatic weeds management.

The project will focus on developing new aquatic herbicidal control techniques where the Postdoctoral Fellow will plan and develop efficient integrated control options for some of Queensland’s worst aquatic weeds.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design and conduct both field and laboratory experiments which will provide high variety in their role.

Your duties will include:

  • Propagating and culturing aquatic plants for experimental work in aquaria and ponds at the Ecosciences precinct
  • Designing and conducting lab and outdoor experiments and maintain research infrastructure
  • Applying aquatic herbicides; measuring and monitoring the effects of herbicide treatments on aquatic plants
  • Carrying out field work to conduct experiments and collecting data in freshwater systems, often with limited direct supervision. This may include working in the field for extended periods of time either as part of a small team or independently
  • Performing research in and around water bodies, including wading in shallow water, using watercraft and drones for data collection
  • Processing samples in the lab, recording, managing and analysing data including analysing remote sensing data

Location: Brisbane, QLD
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 79176

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD). The doctorate must be in a relevant discipline area, such as freshwater ecology, plant science, agricultural science, or environmental science.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of relevant research experience.

  • Previous experience with aquatic plant research or work in freshwater environments
  • Previous experience with herbicide research
  • 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.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Hold a current driver’s licence

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

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.

Applications Close

05 December 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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