First listed on: 22 October 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cotton Physiology, Model Development and Application

The Opportunity
  • Upgrade the current APSIM-cotton model for the tropical abiotic environment
  • Work with internationally recognised scientists in world class facilities
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation.

The Position
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience.  These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system through.

In this position, you will conduct a project that will upgrade the current APSIM-cotton model for the tropical abiotic environment and integrate this into the NexGen crop models being developed in APSIM currently. The enhanced models will be applied in tropical Australia to meet stakeholder requirements. You will gain experience with field experiments and commercial crops in tropical Australia as part of the data collection process for model enhancement as well as the wider teams research and development activities.   

Your duties will include
  • Coordinate collection and review of data from cotton physiology and agronomy experiments conducted in the tropical and sub-tropical environments.
  • Using the above data enhance the existing APSIM-OZCOT cotton model in collaboration with the wider project team. 
  • Engage with other researchers and industries to conduct simulation analyses to address key agronomic management issues to optimise cotton yields and reliability in tropical Australia. 
  • Develop and test an enhanced cotton module in APSIM NextGen in collaboration with the APSIM development team 

Location:     Townsville, Queensland
Salary:         AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Specified term of 3 years
Reference:   63460

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as agricultural science, crop or forage physiology, or crop simulation model development and application.
    • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience
  • Currently hold, or the ability to obtain, an Australian driver’s licence (car).
  • Demonstrated understanding of plant physiological processes in cotton or other tropical C3 crops with indeterminant flowering. 
  • Experience with development and/or application of crop models. 
  • 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 sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

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

For more information please view the 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. 

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Applications Close

AEST 11:59pm, Saturday 17th November 2019.

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