First listed on: 13 July 2017

Agriculture Systems Analyst 

  • Provide leadership in the area of agricultural systems modelling and bio-economic integrated assessment
  • Develop and apply sophisticated statistical and mathematical programming methods to food and nutrition security problems
  • Join a high performing team of multi-disciplinary scientists in the Global Food and Nutrition Security group  

The Position

This position will provide leadership in the area of agricultural systems modelling and bio-economic integrated assessment, including the development and application of sophisticated statistical and mathematical programming methods for prioritising technology and policy actions in agricultural systems. This post will also coordinate the development of tools and software, in line with the activities of other CSIRO programmes and initiatives. It is expected that this position will serve as a bridge between the work of the Food and Nutrition Security group at the household level and our numerous external partners working in this area (CCAFS, BMGF, IIASA, IFAD, AgMIP and others). The position will also engage and further develop the work on priority setting, monitoring and evaluation and ex-ante and ex-post assessments of sustainable intensification, climate adaptation strategies, diversification options and others. The incumbent will also collaborate with other colleagues working at more aggregated scales in our multi-scale assessment work.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Find out more here!: Balance

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating with existing modelling expertise across CSIRO Agriculture and Food and elsewhere as part of a multi-disciplinary research team working on the economics, productivity and sustainability of farming systems in Australia and the developing world.
  • Contributing to the development of the field of agricultural systems analysis, and the integrated economic and biophysical assessment of food systems and the environment across CSIRO.
  • Working with a range of national and external partners in the assessment and quantification of the economic, production and natural resource impacts of different technologies and policies on agricultural systems at different scales (from the farm to the global level).
  • Contributing and coordinating the development of suitable household–level bio-economic models to study niches for specific technologies and for assessing their impacts on incomes, productivity, food security, greenhouse gas emissions, and other environmental dimensions, and potential trade-offs arising from their adoption.
  • Engaging in multi-sectoral assessments or international initiatives (IPCC, etc) as needed.

Location:      St Lucia, Queensland
Salary:          $92K - $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite/Ongoing
Reference:    37763

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as agricultural economics or impact assessment;
  • Extensive knowledge of global economic modelling methods and tools.
  • Highly developed GAMS and/or R programming skills.
  • 3-5 years’ experience involved in the development of scenarios of global food and nutrition security.
  • The ability to work effectively as a member or leader of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.
  • A significant record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability to apply well developed research skills to scientific investigations.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter providing enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position Details document

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 6 August 2017.




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