Digiscape Postdoctoral Fellowship: Spatial Modelling for Prediction of Functional Soil Properties

Application start and end date: 
8th August 2017 to 28th August 2017
Full time
AU$81K to AU$88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Contract type: 
3 year term

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowships help facilitate the recruitment and development of our potential leaders. They provide valuable opportunities for scientists and engineers to launch their careers, extend professional networks and enhance career prospects.

Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are a major new CSIRO initiative. FSPs are multi-year investments in frontier science that will reinvent and create new industries for Australia. Digiscape is the FSP that is creating next-generation decision tools to transform the agriculture and land management sector.

As a Digiscape Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO Agriculture and Food, you will join a cohort of early-career researchers and engineers who will combine their individual disciplinary contributions into mission-focused R&D.  Under the mentorship of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and technical experts, you will develop enabling technologies to predict functional soil properties, with particular emphasis on predicting the water-holding capacity of the rooting zone.

You will focus on the development of novel approaches for analysing relationships between soil profile characteristics and remotely sensed vegetation time series, extracting the soil information implicit in crop and vegetation dynamics data.  You will examine how currently available soil information, remote sensing vegetation dynamics, and climate surfaces can be combined to generate new predictions of functional soil properties. This postdoctoral fellow position will give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop innovative approaches to analytics.
  • Use techniques such as machine learning, statistical modelling, and model–data fusion.
  • Contribute to updating the Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia.
  • Publish in high impact scientific journals.
  • Present your findings at national and international conferences.

Driven by industry need, this exciting research activity requires a team-oriented individual who will enjoy interacting with scientists and technical staff within CSIRO, as well as with our research partners and other key stakeholders. Click on the ‘Position Details’ link below to find out the skills you’ll need to be considered for this ground-breaking initiative.  Apply today!