CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship linking Indigenous Botanical Knowledge with Western Science

CSIROCanberra

Location:Canberra
Job Type:Full Time
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The Opportunity

  • Are you a motivated, early career scientist with interest in linking Indigenous botanical knowledge with western science?
  • Do you have, or will shortly obtain a PhD in a relevant discipline area such as Indigenous languages?
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system through:

The Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) is seeking a highly motivated researcher to work with Aboriginal communities to co-develop pathways that will link Indigenous botanical knowledge with western plant species concepts using specimens held within CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia as a test bed.

Your duties will include

Under the direction of senior research scientists and engineers, CERC Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Understand the intersection between Indigenous knowledge systems and western species concepts and then use this information to co-develop methodologies with Aboriginal communities to explicitly link these within a trusted environment. This will include co-developing in-field acquisition of traditional (e.g. specimen) and digital data (e.g. image, sound, physical) protocols.
  • Work with Aboriginal communities as well as digital data and curation teams to co-develop protocols to ensure that data are able to respond to change (e.g. western species name changes) as well as ensuring that data visibility and access is compliant with the wishes of Aboriginal communities.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and produce high quality scientific papers for publication in quality journals, client reports and conference papers as agreed with your supervisor.

**Location:**Black Mountain, ACT

Salary:$82,450 to $93,280 plus up to 15.4% Superannuation

**Tenure:**3 years term

**Reference:**61301

To be successful you will need

Essential Criteria:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as Indigenous languages or other research that has involved working with Aboriginal communities to secure Indigenous knowledge and/or plant sciences such as botany, systematics and taxonomy.

***Please note:***To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrated understanding of issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities and the ability to collaborate and engage respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Desire to co-develop projects with Aboriginal communities that will be of benefit to current and future generations.
  • Experience working autonomously in remote locations.
  • An understanding of naming conventions under the International Code for algae, fungi and plants

Special Requirements:

  • To be appointed to this role, you need to demonstrate willingness and ability to spend more than 30 working days per year working with Aboriginal communities in regional and remote locations.
  • You may also be required to provide a cultural referee who can attest to your ability to work respectfully with Indigenous communities.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

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Applications Close

Thursday 9 May 2019

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