First listed on: 13 June 2022

Sustainability Scientist


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Apply your expertise in transdisciplinary systems science to a rewarding role!
  • Co-design participatory decision-making processes with diverse stakeholders
  • Exciting opportunity to join CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency!

We are seeking a dynamic and skilled Sustainability Scientist to join our CSIRO Land & Water business unit, and undertake collaborative research for building adaptive and resilient livelihoods & ecosystems in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region.

In this role, you will be part of CSIRO’s Livelihoods and Adaptive Development (LAAD) team that develops theories and process-based methods to test ideas and solutions for dealing with regional challenges and improving resilience. Our work in this space aims to address a range of interlinked social-ecological and community well-being issues related to climate change & disaster resilience, natural resource management, sustainable regional development, agri-food systems, and Indigenous aspirations and rights.

As a Sustainability Scientist, you will bring your expertise in transdisciplinary systems science to primarily collaborate with a range of external stakeholders, and address underlying root causes of these community-based challenges and assist in planning, preparing & conducting research activities. You will also represent CSIRO externally in public forums, and this role will involve travel in Australia, including remote or rural areas, and the Asia-Pacific region.

If you’re interested in enhancing sustainability and driving socially innovative & inclusive research, this will be an exciting opportunity for you to join a group of researchers working with communities, governments and industry and international partners.

Your duties will include:

  • Liaising with stakeholders to determine their needs to co-design decision-making processes and solutions.
  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations.
  • Undertaking experimental and/or observational research activities and supervise/train others to ensure experiments are established in accordance with research design.
  • Undertaking activities focused on one or more elements of larger research projects.
  • Representing CSIRO externally, including in public forums, with industry, the research sector, civil society, and Government, requiring travel for project stakeholder engagement and research activities.
  • Preparing and presenting results in a variety of formats, which may include reports for clients, scientific papers for publication, and other science communication outputs. 

Location: Townsville or Brisbane, QLD
Salary: AU$102K to AU$111K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 82423

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as transdisciplinary systems science, with application to areas such as climate change and disaster, resilience, regional transitions, natural resource management and agri-food innovation systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports.
  • Research experience in one or more of the following: participatory processes/governance frameworks, regional resilience assessment, and decision-making.
  • Expertise in the following methodological approaches and capacities: strong qualitative research methods, inter- / trans-disciplinary approaches, and ethical framing of research and engagement to ensure equity and social inclusion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write for scientific and practitioner audiences, as well as engage cross-culturally.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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