First listed on: 15 October 2019

Behavioural Research Scientist - Brain Performance & Nutrition

The Opportunity

  • Help improve health outcomes for the Australian community
  • Investigate links between human nutrition, cognitive function & brain health
  • Join our small, dedicated team at CSIRO & make a difference!

As a Research Scientist in Brain Performance and Nutrition, you will provide specialised project and thought leadership as part of the Nutrition and Health Program’s clinical trials capability. Focussing on the impact of nutritional interventions on cognitive and brain-health, research outcomes will be considered in relation to physiological, biological and genetic factors where possible.

You will have well developed behavioural science skills and a developing track record in the areas of brain health and nutrition. Leveraging your client-focussed approach, you will work closely with relevant stakeholders in the health and food industry, and with the community in general.

The CSIRO nutrition and health research clinic conducts a variety of large-scale human nutrition intervention studies. This multidisciplinary team has expertise in the conduct of human clinical trials in a range of areas including cognitive function and brain-health, obesity and metabolic health, and gut health. The opportunity has arisen for a suitably experienced scientist to expand our expertise relevant to brain health and performance.

Your duties will include

 Incorporating novel approaches to the scientific investigation of the links between human nutrition, cognitive function and brain health.

 Contributing to existing, and securing and leading new projects and trials.

 Maintaining an in-depth familiarity with recent advances in domains that are applicable to the study of food, nutrition and cognitive health.

 Producing high quality research outputs suitable for publication and presentation.

 Liaising with existing and new clients to determine their needs and taking personal responsibility for client satisfaction.

 Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and undertaking experimental and/or observational research activities.

 Recognising opportunities for innovation and generating new theoretical perspectives.

 Pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Salary:  *AU$98k - AU$106k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference No.: 62301

To be considered you will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as psychology, neuroscience or related behavioural science, or hold a relevant Master’s degree with commensurate research experience.  You will also have:

 A record of science innovation and creativity.

 A developing track record of research outputs (presentations and publications) with a focus on brain health and nutritional science, demonstrating strong communication skills.

 Experience in evaluating the impact of interventions on cognitive or other brain health-related outcomes.

 Experience in the administration of cognitive and/or other neuropsychological assessments.

 Evidence of advanced statistical skills using software packages relevant to behavioural science.

 Experience in the analysis of large datasets, including cohort studies.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below. Apply today!

Position Details

*Note: depending on circumstances, a postdoctoral appointment (incl. formal training program) may be considered for candidates who hold a PhD and have less than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience. Salary: AU$86k to AU$94k per annum.  In this case, duties will be undertaken under supervision or guidance, and the successful candidate will not secure and lead new projects and trials independently.

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

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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. D&I Strategy


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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria, and outlining your suitability for the role and your motivations for applying.

Applications Close

Wednesday 13 November, 2019 (11:00pm AEDT)

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