CSIRO Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship in Indigenous Food Systems

Date Posted: 23 May 2024
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Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • Early research career opportunity if you have a PhD in nutrition, food security, public health, socio-ecological systems or other related health or social science
  • An exciting 3-year role at the interface between nutrition, natural resource management and food systems science
  • Focus on research to achieve improvements in nutrition and health outcomes for Indigenous communities in Australia


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

Caring for Country through Indigenous land and sea management is widely recognised for delivering social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to communities. Such initiatives bring renewed opportunity to support cultural and economic outcomes through traditional foods. This research will bring a nutrition, health and wellbeing lens to this domain, to better understand how Indigenous land and sea management can support access to traditional foods and consumption of healthy diets. This research will articulate food systems pathways to improve the health of Indigenous Australians in a culturally recognised and appropriate way that aligns with Indigenous conceptualisations of health as more than a physical state, but intrinsically linked to culture and Country.


The CERC Fellow will join the Agri-Food Systems research group within the Agriculture and Food (A&F) Business Unit at CSIRO. This research will sit at the interface of natural resource management and public health nutrition to improve health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians whilst also supporting cultural, social, environmental benefits for communities. 


We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the new CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO's Agriculture and Food Business Unit to name the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.


Your duties will include:

  • Working with colleagues in CSIRO, partner organisations, communities and Traditional Owners to strengthen the evidence base for nutrition and health outcomes from Indigenous land and sea management, focusing on access to and consumption of traditional foods.
  • Leveraging multiple knowledge systems including Indigenous knowledge and trans-disciplinary science to improve nutrition and health outcomes for Indigenous communities in Australia.
  • Applying principles of co-design and co-production of knowledge with stakeholders and communities throughout the research process.
  • Supporting the establishment of trusted relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge holders and organisations.


Location: Brisbane, Queensland preferred, other locations considered

Salary: AU$96k - AU$105k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 96574


To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as nutrition, food security, public health, socio-ecological systems or other related health or social science. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the pathways through which agriculture, fisheries, natural resource management and food systems can influence nutrition and health outcomes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities and broader stakeholders.
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team, and carry out independent individual research with critical reflection, to deliver high quality outcomes from research.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills with the capability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society.  As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the role requirements.  CSIRO conscious inclusion practices are intended to constitute a special/equal opportuning/affirmative measure under section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).


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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

23 June 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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