First listed on: 12 February 2019

Transdisciplinary Researcher 

The Opportunity

  • Are you interested in supporting the sustainable management of marine resources? 
  • Contribute to the development of a program with a team of multi-disciplinary scientists
  • Support the sustainable use of Australia's marine resources

The successful candidate will act as a conduit for knowledge exchange (i.e. knowledge broker) among the broader research team and a range of diverse external stakeholders spanning policy, industry and non-governmental organisations.

To be successful you will will have an understanding of the principles of marine ecosystem management, including concepts such as vulnerability, risk and cumulative impact assessment. While an understanding of modelling techniques is advantageous, preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange processes.

The successful applicant will need to be willing to travel, teach/supervise students and be responsible for the development and leadership of projects developing expertise and skill in interfacing across disciplines and from science to potential users in industry, regulatory institutions and other stakeholder institutions.

Your duties will include

  • Undertake research in relation to the science-policy-practice interface, for example, in relation to knowledge co-production, and the ways in which research agencies can build institutional capacity to improve their stakeholder engagement efforts.
  • Provide transdisciplinary research and knowledge brokering support to the development, application and uptake of risk assessment and ecosystem models. 
  • Analyse and collate data on the implementation and barriers to uptake of the tools so as to improve the use of the tools and understanding of marine connectivity, risks and opportunities
  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for client satisfaction.

Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: AU$97,276 - AU$105,269 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 59760

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate and or equivalent postgraduate research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as knowledge exchange, stakeholder engagement and transdisciplinary research around the science–policy-practice interface (particularly in the domain of resource governance)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to interact with a broad range of audience types (form lay people, to regulators, policy makers and scientific audiences), publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • A solid record of publication in quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholder groups on complex scientific concepts to help them understand and integrate new scientific knowledge into their decision-making processes.  
  • Research experience in how to effectively engage diverse stakeholders in scientific research (e.g. via the implementation of co-production processes) to maximise uptake or to understand why past failures occurred.

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

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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 10 March 2019

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