Senior Quantitative Systems Economist - CSIRO Land & Water

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7092429 (Ref:cj_80781)

Posted: January 18, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation.

The Opportunity


  • Develop frameworks and analytical tools to address economic challenges
  • Provide analytical services & advice to business and government policy makers
  • Add value to enhancing Australia’s natural hazard preparedness & its future economic impacts


At CSIRO, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We are Australia's national science agency and innovation catalyst, collaborating to boost Australia's innovation performance. We have partnered with the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics in creating the newly established Australian Climate Service (ACS) to address recommendations into National Natural Hazard Arrangements. The ACS will be the Commonwealth’s trusted provider of data, information and knowledge to support improved preparation for, response to and recovery from natural disasters, reducing risk and building resilience, in Australia. It brings together Australia’s leading climate and natural disaster information and expertise in a customer-led and mission-focussed national capability. 

A number of newly created roles are available to support the delivery of the ACS complex portfolio of projects, and will be part of the CSIRO Land & Water (L&W) unit. Through an integrated systems research approach, CSIRO L&W provides the information and technologies required by government, industry and the Australian & international communities to protect, restore, and manage natural and built environments.

The Senior Quantitative Systems Economist will work collaboratively with biophysical, data and social scientists and a range of stakeholders in research, government and business, to develop conceptual frameworks & analytical methods to investigate and assess the wider economic impact that will arise as a result of resilience investment decisions, and build an understanding of how economic activity can be affected, transmit or mediate climate shocks across a range of areas and industry sectors. 

Applications are invited across two job classification levels and the successful candidate will be appointed at the level commensurate with their skills and experience.

Your duties will include:

  • Acting as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of the complexity of the emerging climate, social, environmental & technological opportunities and challenges, along with the needs of relevant government agencies, business, and community. 
  • Using professional expertise, diverse knowledge types (experiential, scientific, traditional), and research experience to formulate, develop and complete an approved applied research program aligned with the project under the ACS.
  • Communicating research approaches and results to clients and the scientific community through presentations and written reports, including the preparation of documents for publication in scientific journals and commercialisation applications.
  • Providing advice to organisational or government policy makers and planners, and transferring knowledge to non-scientific audiences. 
  • Leading and collaborating with staff to ensure that research is established and delivered in accordance with the research design and ethical and privacy requirements and to the satisfaction of clients.
  • Undertaking feasibility studies, demonstrating a considerable degree of originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches. 


Location: Canberra (preferred) or Melbourne (considered)

Salary: AU$117K to AU$157K + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 4 years

Reference: 80781

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD, or equivalent relevant work experience, in applied systems-based applications of quantitative economic modelling and analysis (e.g., ecological economics, sustainability economics, institutional economics).
  • Significant experience working in inter- or trans-disciplinary projects and demonstrated ability to apply the theory and practice of inter- and transdisciplinary science. 
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work within and apply systems thinking or systems-based approaches to research & development and undertake collaborative qualitative systems mapping.
  • Proven experience and ability to develop quantitative economic models that integrate with biophysical, social or financial models/data.
  • Experience in engaging, convening and facilitating diverse sets of stakeholders including communities, government, and business.


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


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid Australian working visa. 

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and may be subject to other security/medical/character check 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

This role will remain open until filled. However, we encourage you to apply early as we will begin assessing applications from 31/01/2022. 

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:#7092429 (Ref:cj_80781)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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