First listed on: 12 November 2021

VS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Knowledge Systems and Co-Production


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Human Geography, or other social sciences?
  • Exciting opportunity to join the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

The Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform (VS FSP) is a substantial new 5-year investment in cutting edge research by CSIRO that will recruit several post-docs who will be embedded diverse inter-disciplinary research teams. The VS FSP aims to co-produce future pathways, measures and indicators to underpin sustainable innovation and prosperity for current and future industries and communities.

Within the VS FSP, the Sustainability Science Scaffolding project will conduct cross-cutting research on directionality of systems innovation, interoperability across diverse knowledge and data systems, and (for this post-doc) the co-production of knowledge and values in the generation of useful indicators and metrics of sustainability. Co-production is increasingly being recognised as a suite of approaches that stretch beyond participation or collaboration, to including processes by which diverse knowledge and values are negotiated, and by which public and private value are created.

The ultimate goal of the project is to be able to diagnose fit-for-purpose co-production methodologies that could be deployed and scaled by CSIRO and its partners in tackling ongoing sustainability challenges. The post-docs in this project will work with a larger team of inter- and trans-disciplinary researchers in the project and across the VS FSP, including social scientists, environmental economists, systems modellers, and researchers in innovation system, as well as with farmers, policy-makers, Indigenous leaders and others.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and utilising opportunities for innovation and further development and application of social-ecological systems models.
  • Working with project stakeholders and collaborators to design research questions, implement research activities and evaluate outcomes
  • Producing high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals, and internal and external reports. Prepare appropriate conference papers and present those at national and international conferences as agreed with their supervisor.

Location: Canberra, ACT (Brisbane and Hobart considered)
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 79356

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as science and technology studies, human geography, or other social sciences with a focus on interactions between actors, institutions, knowledge systems and decision-making

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

  • A strong foundation in social research methodologies and methods and demonstrated ability to design and undertake rigorous research with the support of an engaged team
  • Significant interest and/or experience in sustainability related issues, and knowledge of how the field of sustainability science is currently attempting to contend with complex and interacting issues
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse teams in ways that are productive and proactive, balancing constructive and critical engagement with a willingness to enable and empower other team members
  • A current driver’s licence

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates).

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.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

12 December 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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