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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Science

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Job Listing Date
22 Jun 2020
Brisbane, CBD & Inner Suburbs
Work Type
Full Time
Government & Defence, Government - Federal
  • Deliver vital research supporting both Indigenous Science & the CSIRO Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Participate in global governance, social license and bioethical discussions about synthetic biology.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation.


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system. This position is partially funded by the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform and CSIRO Land & Water.


As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will help to achieve our desired future state of being a global leader in transdisciplinary research. The role will help Australia to become a recognised global leader in social and ethical approaches to synthetic biology research, development and industry growth. Equally, this capability will further CSIRO’s commitment to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to contribute to, benefit from and improve CSIRO responsible science, innovation and research. Indigenous Engagement.

You will deliver vital research supporting both Indigenous Science and the CSIRO Reconciliation Action Plan by working in partnership with the identified Indigenous leaders/organisations to co-develop, co-conduct and co-deliver (as appropriate) the research.

This is an identified position and candidates must have a knowledge of the cultural issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


More specifically you will be:

  • Participating in global governance, social license and bioethical discussions.
  • Carrying out predominantly qualitative data analysis and conceptual framing using social science theories incorporating – for example – sociology, social psychology, anthropology, human geography, Indigenous studies, ethics and philosophy, ensuring the Postdoctoral Fellow receives well-rounded training for a future career in the social sciences.
  • Gaining a broad range of experiences in situ, including time in Indigenous studies laboratories around Australia and/or in New Zealand and North America. 


Location:      Brisbane, QLD 
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Salary:           AU$86K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    67684


To be successful you will need:

  1. A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Indigenous studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, human geography, science & technology studies, philosophy, ethics and other social science or humanities sub-disciplines. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  2. Demonstrated experience in understanding issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. The ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  4. High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  5. A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  6.  The ability to obtain/ hold an Australian driver’s licence.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and be able to commence in late 2020/early 2021.

For more information please view the Position Description

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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.


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To apply online, please provide a CV and a response to criteria outlining your suitability and motivation for the role. 


Applications Close
Wednesday, 22nd July 2020 at 11:59PM AEST

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