Senior Research Scientist – Ecological Modeller

Northern Suburbs
Science & Technology
Environmental, Earth & Geosciences
$95,000 - $139,000
Full time
Posted 21d ago

We are a growing research and extension company on the search for a Senior Research Scientist – Ecological Modeller who has a passion to deliver research outcomes that benefit Australian farmers and the environment. 

Are you passionate about innovative science for a better world? Do you believe healthy ecosystems are fundamental to our future? Do you see beauty in mathematics and concise computer code?

If that sounds like you, read on!


Who we are

At Cesar Australia, we believe in practical science and sustainable solutions. We conduct scientific research and extension across agriculture, conservation and biosecurity, working on a range of native and invasive land and aquatic animals. Multi-year projects are the norm, but we also offer customised services such as training workshops, outreach talks and laboratory-based services. Making sure our research is innovative, can be applied in the real-world, and is delivered to the user is paramount.


What will you be doing

You will perform the role of Senior Research Scientist – Ecological Modeller by conceptualising and applying quantitative approaches to assess ecological function in agricultural and natural ecosystems and provide advice to increase the resilience of those systems in the face of current and future challenges. You will deliver practical and impactful outputs to industry and stakeholders to improve decision-making and management practices.

In this role you will:

  • Take a leading role in developing mechanistic models to predict the response of agricultural pests to abiotic and biotic variables across spatial and temporal scales 
  • Work collaboratively with a high-skilled interdisciplinary team of agronomists, biologists, ecologists, geneticists, mathematicians and statisticians 
  • Formulate findings into clear messages and provide recommendations 
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with collaborators, funders and clients to negotiate relevant research questions
  • Communicate findings through seminars and conferences, and write quality outputs for industry partners and international peer-reviewed journals
  • Lead, critique and review grant applications and other research documents



What would make you a good candidate?

  • You have a passion and research interest in sustainable agriculture in particular, and biodiversity conservation in general, and working with communities to develop practical management solutions
  • You have a PhD or masters in ecological modelling, computer science, informatics, physics, or mathematics and at least two years post-University experience
  • You are highly competent in R, python and/or Julia programming, and working with large datasets
  • You have demonstrated experience working with both statistical and mechanistic models 
  • You have a reasonable understanding of agricultural systems, pesticide resistance and/or biosecurity
  • You have skills in writing for research and industry audiences, evidenced by industry reports and peer-reviewed publications
  • You have excellent organisational, oral and written communication skills
  • You do not let important details go unnoticed
  • You are motivated by a fast-paced environment where you can learn skills quickly and adapt with a positive attitude - no two days are the same, seriously!
  • Our core values resonate with you: Scientific excellence, Bring grit, Love it & own it, Trust yourself and each other, Do good for the environment
  • Other desired skills that would make you an optimal candidate include understanding of GitHub and version control, and having experience in web app development



What it means to work for us

You get to be a part of supporting the sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation sectors, and have a chance to make a real impact every single day you come to work. Some of the other perks of working with us:

  • A collaborative, flat structured team environment with people who want to make a difference and truly love what they do
  • Opportunity to work with a purpose-driven business – we are committed to making a positive impact on the world from our office in buzzing Brunswick, Melbourne
  • A fast paced and adaptable work environment where we’re not afraid to take on new challenges
  • Regular social activities and celebrations
  • Individual, yearly learning and development budget
  • Flexible work arrangements, including remote working


Would you like to apply?

To apply for this position, please submit:

  • A sample of R, python or Julia code, written by yourself that showcases your skills in generating an analysis output such as a graph, map or table. The supplied code should run on a modern laptop computer. Imagine you are sharing it with a collaborating modeller, so ensure it is annotated and that any necessary input data is supplied.
  • A one-page cover letter. Ensure it focuses on why this role would be the perfect opportunity for you and what skills and experience you would bring to the table. Please include the word "#ecomodelling" at the top of your cover letter so that we know you really took the time to read our job ad.
  • Your CV, with full details of your industry reports and/or scientific publications

If you have any further questions about the role, please contact Dr Luis Mata ( 

Applications will close on 15 July 2022, but we will assess applications as they come in, and may fill the position before then. So don’t wait to hit submit!

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