CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Terrestrial Isotope Geochemistry


  • Interested in terrestrial carbon biogeochemistry and modelling?
  • Work with leading scientists in word-class facilities
  • Kick-start your research career at Australia’s premier research organisation

The Position:


Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.


As a Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO Agriculture and Food you will be mentored by world experts in the field of terrestrial carbon biogeochemistry and modelling, and will have access to a laboratory equipped with modern, state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, including recently acquired and refurbished isotope ratio mass spectrometry instrumentation (including compound-specific capability), gas chromatography, and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. You will also have access to high performance computing capability for the onward analysis and modelling of experimental data.


Your duties will include:


  • Designing and conducting experiments to trace carbon and nutrient flows through the terrestrial ecosystem, including the innovative use of stable and radio isotopes to address previously intractable problems.
  • Adapting or developing modelling frameworks to both extend the impact of your own experimental data, and to improve our capability to model carbon stabilisation and loss in terrestrial systems.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Contributing to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.

Location: Adelaide (Waite Campus), South Australia
Salary: $80k to $91k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 year specified term
Job reference: 57080


To be successful you will have:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as terrestrial or aquatic isotope geochemistry, terrestrial biogeochemistry or terrestrial carbon modelling. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of experiments to trace stable isotopes of carbon and/or nitrogen in the environment.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in the development, use and trouble-shooting / maintenance of isotope ratio mass spectrometry and gas chromatography instrumentation and / or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Knowledge of, or clear evidence of a willingness to develop, a skillset in the modelling of terrestrial carbon and nutrient flows, including adapting existing models such as RothC, Century or APSIM.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details


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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. Find out more Balance


How to Apply: Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter, ensuring you provide specific responses to the essential and desirable criteria as listed in the position description, to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability. 


Applications Close: 11:59pm AEST, 19 June 2018.





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