CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecological Remote Sensing - Darwin, NT

The Opportunity

  • Make a difference! Help secure the future of Australia's biodiversity.

  • Be mentored by world-leading researchers.

  • Kick-start your career in Australia's premier science and technology organisation.

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.

This exciting postdoctoral fellowship's primary focus will be to integrate next generation LiDAR, RADAR and optical sensor technologies to develop novel metrics for mapping and monitoring essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) from space. In this role you will apply these unique methods to the savannas of northern Australia, where vegetation cover is extensively intact, despite dramatic declines in biodiversity. There is a need to better understand and cost-effectively monitor how the cumulative impacts of rapid, broad-scale development, such as the establishment of an onshore gas industry in the savanna region of northern Australia, may impact on ecosystem condition for supporting biodiversity, to inform best-practice management. You will use a combination of LiDAR metrics to determine ecosystem condition, calibrated against on-ground biodiversity assessments, and integrated with satellite imagery to scale these metrics across landscapes and regions. The broader goal of the project is to develop an innovative, scalable platform for detecting change in EBVs, resulting in better environmental baseline measures, impact assessment and adaptive management options for preventing biodiversity loss.