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Senior Research Consultant Water Quality Canberra ACT AU Job at CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Develop strategic partnerships with industry and government

  • Deliver projects on emerging water issues, particularly water quality monitoring, modelling and remote sensing

  • Join CSIRO, Australia’s leading scientific research organisation


CSIRO is seeking a senior research consultant to initiate, develop, lead, and promote CSIRO Land & Water’s water security research capability for the benefit of Australias economy, community, and environment through strategic partnerships with industry and government. The appointee will use their expertise, interdisciplinary knowledge, networking abilities and research experience to formulate, develop and deliver projects on emerging water issues with special reference to water quality monitoring, modelling and remote sensing research efforts.


The primary responsibility is the management of research, client relationships, staff and other resources, contribute to successful scientific and commercial achievements of the Managing Water Ecosystem group in particular and the Water Security program in general, and converting innovative science into opportunities to enhance water resource management. This role will identify external and inter/intra Business Unit opportunities as well as links with CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms and Missions, specifically the inland water quality focused AquaWatch Mission, and foster collaboration and interactions between scientists and clients.

Your duties will include:

  • Incorporate ecological understanding of freshwater systems, adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for existing and future research projects, across spatial scales including basin scale.

  • Advance knowledge in aquatic ecosystems response to environmental stressors using modern monitoring (e.g. remote sensing) and modelling tools.

  • Assist in developing models and decision-based support tools to underpin water management, considering legacies, current and proposed development.

  • Assist in leading research projects, including the negotiation of resource requirements, and managing activities involving the implementation of water quality models and analysis of remote sensing data.

  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience, recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with colleagues.

  • Develop approaches for integrating socio-economic and health aspects into water quality management of inland waters to achieve ecological outcomes.

  • Produce high quality client reports and scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences. Communicate findings to broader stakeholder audiences.

  • Interact with key clients, (e.g. MDBA, CEWO, State Governments), other research programs in CSIRO Land & Water and across various Business Units within CSIRO and with external project-based research partners.

  • Act as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.


Location: Canberra, ACT

Salary: AU$115k – AU$135k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 73679

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as natural sciences, water science, environmental engineering.

  • Demonstrated experience in business development with a record of successful funding applications, project management and delivering multi agency big water quality projects.

  • Extensive network and experience in water security and water quality research particularly in combination with remote sensing, and a profound understanding of the client needs, ecological issues and advanced monitoring technology with respect to Australian river systems and reservoirs.

  • Proven experience working with key clients (e.g. MDBA, CEWO, State Governments) and other stakeholders, especially indigenous Australian stakeholders in relation to basin scale water security issues.

  • Demonstrated experience in deployment, operation of water quality sensors and data analysis techniques, and ability to undertake field based research in remote locations.

  • Experience in scientific (R studio, Sigmaplot), resource planning and customer relationship software

  • Working experience in water quality issues in the Murray-Darling Basin and modelling tools (e.g., Delft 3D, Hydrus, BRAT).

  • A solid record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals as well as client reports in recent years.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide 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. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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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

25 May 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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Senior Research Consultant Water Quality Canberra ACT AU CSIRO

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