[RNLD] CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship on Pathways linking Indigenous Botanical Knowledge
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*Note: this arises from a pilot project linking Warlpiri flora terms with
specimens in the National Herbarium*Postdoctoral Fellowship – CSOF4
Role summary for potential applicants
Advertised Job Title*:*
CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship to Pathways linking Western and Indigenous
AU $80k to AU $91k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Black Mountain ACT`
Specified Term of up to 3 years (or part time equivalent)
Will be provided to the successful candidate if required.
Applications are open to:
Research Scientist / Engineer - Postdoc
% Client Focus - Internal:
% Client Focus - External:
Reports to the:
Director, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
Number of Direct Reports:
*Postdoctoral Fellowships *at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and
engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years
relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch
their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects,
and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for
CSIRO. Postdoctoral Fellows *are appointed for up to three years or part
time equivalent* 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.
The Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research* (CANBR) is
seeking a highly motivated researcher to work with Aboriginal communities
on pathways for linking western species concepts and Indigenous botanical
The project will involve working with Aboriginal communities primarily in
the central desert region to co-develop protocols aligned with community
aspirations and expectations for the security and management of their
botanical knowledge within a trusted environment. This will involve
developing an understanding of how western species concepts relate to
Indigenous botanical knowledge as well as co-developing practical and
technical solutions to enable Aboriginal communities to secure and manage
access to their knowledge. This role will enhance the Fellow’s
interdisciplinary skills to successfully link Indigenous knowledge and
The successful candidate will be working within a multidisciplinary team
including remote Aboriginal communities, CSIRO researchers, botanists and
data managers as well as linguistic researchers from the Australian
National University. This role aligns with the National Research
Collections Australia’s (NRCA) emerging desire to work with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people in relation to research collections and to
help us better understand, manage and conserve Australia’s biota.
In this position, you will spend significant time (a minimum of 30 working
days per year) living in and engaging directly with regional and
We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this
*The CANBR is a joint venture between CSIRO and the Director of National
*Duties and Key Result Areas:*
· Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out
innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will,
where possible, lead to novel and important outcomes for Aboriginal
communities, science and policy.
· Research existing pathways that connect Indigenous languages with
western botanical science..
· Co-develop methodologies for connecting Indigenous languages with
western botanical science including the rapid acquisition of different
digital data types (e.g. image, sound, physical).
· Work with digital data groups and managers to develop cross-data
and cross-language authentication protocols as well as ensuring data
visibility and access is compliant with cultural sensitivities
· Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and produce high
quality scientific papers for publication in quality journals, client
reports and conference papers as agreed with your supervisor.
· Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for
· Make a contribution to the effective functioning of the research
team and help deliver CSIRO’s organisational objectives and plans.
· Work collaboratively with colleagues within your team, the business
unit and across CSIRO as well as communicating effectively and respectfully
with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business
practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
· Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Health, Safety
and Environment plans and policies, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm
· Undertake an appropriate training and development program developed
· Other duties as directed.
*CSIRO’s postdoctoral training program* is developed between the
Postdoctoral Fellow and a CSIRO scientist or engineer. The program will
focus on enhancing the Fellows’ capabilities to the level expected of an
independent researcher and will include on-the-job and course-based
· Discipline-specific techniques and protocols
· Professional growth
· Project management
· Communication and influencing skills
· Working and collaborating with others
*Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be
· *Education/Qualifications: *A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy
the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as botany,
systematics and taxonomy, plant sciences and/or Indigenous studies*.*
*Please note: **To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3
years (or part time equivalent) of relevant postdoctoral experience.*
· *Communication: **High level written and oral communication skills
with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and
externally, including at national and international conferences.*
*· **Publications: **A record of publications in quality, peer
· *Behaviours: *A history of professional and respectful behaviours
and attitudes in a collaborative environment.
- Demonstrated understanding of issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people and communities and the ability to collaborate and
engage respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- *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.*
- *A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability &
willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific
- Experience working autonomously in remote locations.
- An understanding of naming conventions under the International Code
for algae, fungi and plants.
*As Australia’s Innovation Catalyst, CSIRO has strategic actions
underpinned by behaviours aligned to*:
- Excellent science
- Inclusion, trust & respect
- Health, safety & environment
- Delivery on commitments.
*In your application and at interview you will need to demonstrate
alignment with these behaviours.*
To be appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow within CSIRO, candidates are
required to have *submitted* their PhD at the time of commencement, as a
minimum requirement, if PhD conferment has not been obtained. If a
candidate has submitted, but their PhD has not yet been formally attained,
the starting salary will be CSOF4-1 (AU$80,833). Upon CSIRO receiving
written confirmation that the PhD has been awarded (within a six month
period from commencement date), the salary will be increased to the
negotiated level and the difference will be back-paid to the Officer’s
To be appointed to this position, you will need to be able to:
· Spend significant time (a minimum of 30 working days per year)
living in and engaging directly with regional and remote Aboriginal
Appointment to this role may be subject to conditions including
security/medical/character clearance requirements. Applicants who are not
Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents may be required to undergo
additional security clearance processes; which may include medical
examinations and an international standardised test of English language
proficiency (i.e. IELTS test).- http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx
*How to Apply*
Please apply for this position online at https://jobs.csiro.au/ and enter
requisition number *57063*. Internal applicants please apply via ‘Jobs
Central’ in SAP (click ‘Recruitment’)
Please load your CV (Maximum 2MB). You may also be required to respond to
some screening questions.
If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 for
assistance. Outside Australian business hours please email:
csiro-careers at csiro.au.
*Referees*: Please provide contact details of two previous supervisor or
academic/professional referees in your resume/CV. We will ask your
permission before making contact.
*Contact:* If after reading the position details above you require more
information please contact:
*Dr Linda Broadhurst* via email: Linda.Broadhurst at csiro.au or phone: *+61 2
Please do not email your application directly to Dr Broadhurst. Applications
received via this method may not be considered by the selection panel.
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Organisation (CSIRO) is a powerhouse of ideas, technologies and skills for
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Find out more! www.csiro.au.
*We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and
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