Farming Systems Modeller

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7116846 (Ref:cj_90402)

Posted: November 28, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


•    Are you an expert in Farming Systems Modelling?

•    Make an impact in the future of sustainable agriculture

•    Work with CSIRO to deliver world-class research for industry, government, and the community


The role of Research Scientist/Engineer staff is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. The Research Scientist/Engineer may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. 
The Systems Program of CSIRO Agriculture works in partnership with rural industries, communities, and governments to deliver improvements in agricultural productivity and profitability whilst minimising environmental damage. 

The core of the Program’s science lies in better understanding and managing soil-plant interactions that underpin productive, profitable and sustainable farm businesses. We operate within and across scales; from plants to paddocks, integration of whole farm systems along with landscape management. 

We seek to appoint a Research Scientist to the Systems program who will work closely with leading farming systems and digital agricultural scientists in CSIRO Agriculture and Food to solve complex problems related to abiotic stress and production in oilseed, cereal and legume crops.  

The position requires an individual with extensive skills in crop simulation modelling with a strong interest in crops, pastures and agriculture generally.  


Your duties will include:


•    Evaluate multiple crop species in an existing Australian broadacre farming system, with crop models, to determine what aspects of the system or crop could be improved. 
•    Develop, or advance the predictive capabilities of crop models, where appropriate at a range of spatial scales. 
•    Deploy crop models to develop novel farming systems and address systems level questions with crop models. 
•    Publish results in relevant international scientific venues (high-level journals and conferences).
•    Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
•    Collaborate with members of a diverse project team and external partners to ensure research directions can lead to lasting impact in application domains.
•    Communicate effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients, and suppliers in the interests of good business practise collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO's reputation.
•    Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO's Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Making Safety Personal goals. 
•    Other duties as directed.

Location:  Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, or Brisbane

Salary:  AU$105,806- AU$114,500 per annum + 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  90402



To be considered you will need:



Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
•    A PhD in a relevant discipline, such as systems modelling, agricultural science, plant science, data science, computer science, GIS or remote sensing
•    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.
•    A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment. A willingness to engage with crop scientists, systems scientists, data scientists, and industry personnel with varying technical expertise and specialities.
•    Current Australian drivers’ licence or the ability and willingness to obtain one.
•    Experience in delivering crop systems modelling solutions to address agricultural problems. 
•    Experience in evaluating and/or developing crop models or crop model components. 
•    An ability to deliver complex research components within projects in a timely manner. 
•    The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team. 
•    A record of innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Desirable Criteria:

•    Direct experience in data science, machine learning, remote sensing, or proximal sensing. 
•    Direct experience in development of productive and profitable dryland cropping systems.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.



Applications for this position are open to all candidates. 

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

Monday 9th January 11:00 pm AEDT  

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7116846 (Ref:cj_90402)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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