First listed on: 01 December 2021

Quantitative Coastal Ecologist


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Use your experience in Australian coastal and marine sciences 
  • Develop new tools for coastal management, conservation & restoration strategies
  • Join CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere and make a difference!

Research conducted within CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere (O&A) provides for the large-scale multidisciplinary science to inform this use of Australia's marine environment. We develop tools for decision making in coastal-marine regions and provide scientific support to authorities and industries responsible for the sustainable management and use of Australian and international fisheries. 

CSIRO is seeking a motivated Research Scientist – Quantitative Coastal Ecologist to join the Coasts and Ocean Research Program (COR), which provides scientific knowledge and tools to support sustainable development of Australia's coastal and marine resources. 

In this role, you will support the delivery of a diverse array of projects within Australia and internationally. A focus of your work will be current and future development of restoration and nature-based solution (NbS) initiatives, particularly coral reefs, mangroves, benthic habitats, seagrasses, etc. As part of multi and transdisciplinary teams, you will focus on established, emerging, and novel aspects of our coastal-marine science discovery and delivery. You will collaborate across with a range of stakeholders to develop new tools for coastal management and conservation and restoration strategies

If you have experience in Australian coastal and marine sciences supporting sustainable management and numerate/quantitative data analysis, then read on! We are open to considering candidates with a range of different skills including those with a strong computational background relevant to this role to ecologists who have appropriate field experience.

Your duties will include:

  • Contributing to the delivery and development of projects aligned with research priorities in restoration and NbS on coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, and other coastal marine habitats.
  • Contributing to the science and delivery of projects resulting from partnerships and collaborations across Australia and internationally within the COR program.
  • Carrying out impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the aim of delivering novel and important scientific outcomes and sustainable management of coastal marine ecosystems.
  • Promoting new collaborations and fostering existing relationships across CSIRO and with other research partners.
  • Undertaking fieldwork including diving and boating as required.

Location: Brisbane (Dutton Park or St Lucia) QLD or Perth (Crawley) WA
Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 5 years
Reference: 79614

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) and postdoctoral/industry experience in a relevant field such as Marine Ecology or Environmental Management.
  • Research experience in support of, or applied to, the sustainable management of species, habitats and ecosystems.
  • Experience in the use of numerical and data analytics approaches to improve coastal-marine processes understanding.
  • Good communication skills including a publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications coupled with the ability to present research outcomes at conferences
  • The ability to contribute to business development or project development.
  • A history of undertaking original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • The ability to work as part of multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research teams, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research. 
  • To be willing and able to undertake travel (domestic and international) and fieldwork including diving and boating as required.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be considered for this role you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and undergo a pre-employment medical.

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

20th February 2022, 11:00 pm AEDT

We reserve the right to withdraw this advert prior to the closing date

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