First listed on: 01 May 2022

CSIRO Mission - Drought Resilience


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

CSIRO’s Drought Resilience Mission is a rare opportunity to contribute to a stronger regional Australia, equipped to successfully live and operate in our dynamic and changing world.  

We need early to mid-career researchers in science and engineering to solve impossible problems that will build drought resilience on-farm, regionally and at the policy level. 

Regional Australia faces perennial weather extremes, such as droughts, floods, heatwaves, and frosts. However, the frequency and severity of these events are predicted to increase, straining the ability of Australia’s regional communities and industries to thrive. Low rainfall years have been shown to significantly reduce agricultural profitability and productivity, while many regional and rural communities become threatened with the risk of running out of town water (“Day Zero”).  

We are working to deliver: 

  1. On farm innovation: Assisting farmers with improved decisions based on climate data for their location, new farming systems to improve water use efficiency, and options to minimise risk. 
  2. Regional resilience and development: Looking at ways to improve water security. This includes creating a climate-resilient regional water supply, community transition planning to diversify economies, and protecting natural capital resources.  
  3. Policy enablers and outreach: Developing information and systems that underpin policy response and recognising international solutions to shared problems. 

For more information on the Drought Resilience Mission, go to

To be considered you will need:

You will have either completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering in a science, engineering, or research discipline and have three years relevant work experience. Or, you will have completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering qualification within the last three years, or will have a doctoral or master thesis submitted prior to commencement with CSIRO.   

For Master of Science or Master of Engineering graduates you must also have equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of a new PhD graduate.  

Your qualifications are essential for the current opportunities, but we are also looking for more unique skills to bring new ways of thinking, problem solving and leadership to contribute to CSIRO Missions and culture.  

How we deliver progress and change is important.  

An ability to recognise and exploit opportunities to carry out original, creative, and innovative research is essential. Your design thinking and  desire to generate impact will drive creativity, innovation and evolve our approach to unlocking a better future for everyone. By thinking beyond specific research projects to apply individual knowledge, skills, and expertise you will contribute to and support the national innovation system. Leveraging a broad network and relationships within national, global, trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments?and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will challenge current approaches and develop future research.  

If you are seeking purpose, want to lead with vision and contribute to new research insights and future innovations, CSIRO could be the opportunity to connect with other like minds, as a trusted advisor building shared meaning and purpose.  

Location:?Capital city and regional locations 
Salary:?AU$87,068k – AU$111,165 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:?3-year term 


Applications are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia. Visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore 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!

Applications Close

19 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

How to Apply

Work history and qualifications are only one part of your story. We want to know what motivates you to join us and how we can support you to realise your promise and potential. The questions below will help us understand what you are looking for and should be included in a cover letter to show us why drought resilience would be impossible without you.  

  1. How will your research align with CSIRO Missions and commitment to solving science’s greatest challenges?  
  2. What are your unique attributes and skills which will contribute to unlocking a better world for everyone?  
  3. What culture and research environment will help you reach your potential and what do you need from CSIRO to help you get there? 
  4. Please provide a summary of your technical skills. 

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