First listed on: 15 March 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Natural Capital Accounting

The Opportunity


  • Help the forestry sector capture value from improved management of non-timber assets. 
  • Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer - kick-start your research career.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the forestry sector to better understand emerging opportunities in natural capital and to help position the forestry sector to capture value from improved management of non-timber natural assets such as biodiversity, carbon sequestration and watershed protection. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be a systems thinker and have a strong interest in driving novel approaches for addressing future sustainability challenges. The Fellow will develop innovative ways to achieve these outcomes through strong partnerships with both the forestry and finance industries.   They will apply novel and innovative approaches to explore the business case for incorporating natural capital thinking into business planning and risk assessment processes.  

Your duties will include

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists and engineers, CERC Postdoctoral Fellows:
  • Work with project partners to align the interests in the forestry and finance sectors to identify financing options for non-timber forest values.
  • Work closely with project partners to develop approaches for integrating natural capital accounting and risk assessment into their operating systems and business models.
  • Identify ways to add value to data already collected by forestry enterprises for a range of purposes, for example certification, sustainable development goals.
  • Develop forestry-specific natural capital risk assessment methodologies relevant to private and public assets.

Location:     Hobart, Tasmania
Tenure:        Specified term of 3 years
Salary:         AU$82K – AU$93K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:   60272

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 economics, finance/accounting or forest science.
    • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Strong theoretical understanding of natural capital accounting and risk assessment.
  • Experience working across disciplines (preferably forestry or another natural science and economics, business, finance or accounting).
  • Demonstrated capacity for effective stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong quantitative and systems thinking. 
  • Experience in developing and managing large databases. 
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally-dispersed team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • Willingness to travel including short periods of time embedded with partner organisations.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including publishing in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, and presenting at national and/or international conferences.
  •  A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For more information please view the 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, 14th April, 2019

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