First listed on: 09 December 2019

Senior Research Scientist - Soil Carbon 

The Opportunity
  • Are you interested in soil carbon research?
  • Apply your skills to a dynamic role with world class analytical facilities!
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food is seeking to appoint a senior research scientist to lead the soil carbon research portfolio. 

In this position you will deliver innovative research solutions to national and global challenges. You will support sustainable land management and national carbon accounting systems by advancing our understanding of soil carbon and its dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems.

Your duties will include
  • Lead innovative research and incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Engage with industry to drive new business and research funding by anticipating industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking and identify and adapt quickly to changes.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, and business unit to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.

Location:     Waite, Adelaide SA
Salary:          AU$113k - AU$132k plus up to 15.4% superannuation  

Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    63523

To be successful you will need
  • A doctorate [or equivalent experience] in a relevant discipline area such as soil science, biogeochemistry, or analytical chemistry with demonstrated applications to environmental/agricultural sciences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in techniques to quantify, characterise, and predict soil carbon content, including infra-red and/or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Advanced skills in data management and statistical analysis, with demonstrated competencies in chemometrics and/or programming (e.g. R, Python) applications to understand and quantify soil carbon or biogeochemistry.
  • An established funding portfolio demonstrating an ability to engage with industry and government, to consistently secure funding, and to build high performing multidisciplinary teams.

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

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

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. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a cover letter highlighting your interest in the role, a document addressing your suitability against each of the selection criteria, and a current CV. 

Applications Close

Sunday 26 January 2020 at 11.59pm AEDT

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