- Do you have a PhD in agricultural systems, agri-food systems, sustainability science, environmental or natural resource economics?
- Outstanding opportunity to partner with other CSIRO initiatives such as the Food Systems Horizons Initiative, Towards Net Zero Emissions Mission and the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform.
Join the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Sustainability Program for this exciting 3-year postdoctoral role
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 new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.
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.
Ensuring sustainable food systems that meet our United Nations Sustainable Development Goals requires a significant reduction of their negative environmental, socio-economic and health impacts while making healthy and sustainable food affordable to all. A major challenge of current food systems is that the impact of many direct and indirect costs is externalised (i.e., not reflected in market prices), such as food waste, biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions, or malnutrition due to unhealthy diets. Not accounting for externalities from food production, distribution and consumption leads to unintended consequences, including damaging our natural capital, social injustice, food insecurity, public health costs and premature death.
A first step to address externalities in the food system is to expose them and redefine the cost of food. Such analyses can be realised by True Cost Accounting (TCA). TCA is an emerging field of science that supports the urgently needed systemic measurement and valuation of environmental, but also social, health and economic costs and benefits, to facilitate sustainable choices and investments by governments and food system stakeholders.
The CERC Fellow will integrate national and international expertise, tools, and data, and refine TCA methodologies, to identify and estimate the true cost of externalities in the Australian food system, and to identify gaps and priorities for further research.
This position is embedded in the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Sustainability Program, which includes researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in delivering pathways and technologies to catalyse environmentally sustainable and socially just transitions in the agri-food system.