First listed on: 10 September 2021

CSIRO Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship in Economist and Foresight Modelling


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in Economic modelling, Agricultural, Natural Resource or Environmental Economics?
  • Engage in work to better assess the linked biophysical and economic constraints facing the food system
  • Join a multi-disciplinary team applying modelling tools to explore agri-food system transition pathways

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.

CERC Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for three years or part time equivalent.

We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the new CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO's Agriculture and Food Business Unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.  

The fellow will join a multi-disciplinary team applying foresight modelling tools to explore agri-food system transition pathways and inform and shape policy. This group works across business units and has strong connections to Australian and International policy-making bodies. The fellow would contribute to ongoing foresight modelling efforts, by building and extending analytical and modelling tools to better assess the linked biophysical and economic constraints facing the food system, and applying these tools to help explore potential pathways/trade-offs and promote the development of more resilient and sustainable food systems in Australia and abroad.

Your duties will include:

  • Reviewing literature and modelling approaches to representing natural resource use and constraints in CGE models.
  • Revising and updating underlying model database to ensure current physical representations of resource use accurate.
  • Collecting, cleaning, and harmonising current and projected global land-use, and irrigation and hydrological data.
  • Designing, under the supervision of our modelling team, new modules in GTEM-Food to incorporate land-use and water-use. This will include not only accounting for resource use and related emissions from land-use change, but also ensuring that there are binding constraints to production and resource competition based on availability of resources.
  • Applying best modelling and design practices, including documenting of model code and applications.

Location:  St Lucia, Queensland
Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 74540

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Economic modelling, Agricultural Economics, Natural Resource Economics, or Environmental Economics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience with computable general equilibrium model development/extension and data compilation using GEMPACK, and other data processing and analytical software.
  • Experience with GTAP-based models and dynamic CGE models, and their application to the global agriculture and food systems.
  • Familiarity with data visualisation software and techniques, and the ability to interpret and communicate complex results
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team internally and externally.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to for role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2021/January 2022.

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. 

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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

10 October 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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