First listed on: 24 May 2022

Senior Marine Population Dynamicist


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Lead and collaborate on various projects within the CSIRO Fisheries and Marine Ecology teams
  • Apply your knowledge and experience in environmental science and natural resource management
  • Create a dynamic career path in this exciting and varied role

CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere business unit is uniquely placed to deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia and the region. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere provides the knowledge to manage Australia's marine estate and atmospheric environment, plan for and respond to weather and climate related natural hazards and ensure sustainable coastal development and growth of marine industries. We seek to secure Australia’s future through our seas and skies.

CSIRO Coasts and Ocean Research (COR) Program is a world leader in fisheries research, focusing on environmental, economic and social impacts if fishing. It conducts empirical and quantitative modelling research for management of domestic fisheries managed federally in Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific, including stocks that straddle jurisdictional boundaries.

As a Senior Marine Population Dynamicist, you will work in a team conducting fisheries research including stock estimation in Australian and international fisheries, with a particular application to management related issues. You will have a good understanding of statistics, including estimation and feedback control, and be able to apply this understanding through quantitative simulation modelling and analysis for decision support. In this role you will contribute to a range of studies and potentially involve a variety of different quantitative and qualitative research methods. You will possess high level skills with demonstrated ability to work with industry, develop and maintain a network of clients, and secure a broad diversity of research funding.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertake research and analysis of harvest strategies and data poor methods for national and international fisheries.
  • Apply Management Strategy Evaluation methods
  • Develop statistical population dynamics models
  • Interact with other CSIRO researchers in identifying research priorities and developing new project proposals.
  • Engage and build upon a current network of CSIRO clients and collaborators.
  • Manage projects, timeframes, and budgets.
  • Participate in communication processes within CSIRO and with outside stakeholders.
  • Lead, coach and supervise staff to ensure work is established in accordance with research design, within agreed timelines and budget.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location:  Brisbane, QLD
Salary:  AU$141k – AU$157k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Reference:  84621

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD or equivalent, and research experience in environmental science or natural resource management, including formulating, implementing and applying quantitative natural resource models in an environmental or natural resource management context.
  2. Demonstrated experience in developing and applying quantitative techniques to population dynamics in natural resource modelling (e.g. simulation, optimisation, estimation, control theory, and management strategy evaluation).
  3. Demonstrated ability to initiate original research work and develop innovative approaches to research problems.
  4. Demonstrated ability to engage and work with clients and collaborators.
  5. Demonstrated ability to initiate and obtain research funding.
  6. Computer programming in ADMB, TMB, R, C or similar language.
  7. Demonstrated capacity for effective oral and written communication of research results and their general implications to a wide variety of audiences such as scientists, stakeholders, funding agencies, the media and the general public.
  8. A demonstrated record of research excellence (indicated by the outcomes of completed work and scientific publications).
  9. The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.


  1. Knowledge of Australian and international fisheries management issues.
  2. Experience in planning and leading research projects
  3. An appreciation of modelling principles and frameworks such as MICE, size spectra or statistical multispecies modelling approaches
  4. Interest and knowledge of new and emerging population dynamic assessment approaches.
  5. Knowledge of fieldwork practices (such as data collection challenges, survey techniques)

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen, Australian 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 a National Police check or equivalent.

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. 

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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

05 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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