We’re recruiting five Indigenous post-doctoral fellows in the area of agriculture and food.

We’re committed to the development of the next generation of leaders of the innovation system. That includes our focus on enhancing Indigenous pathways. One way we do that is through our CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Fellowship program.

The program aims to build the research capability of PhD and Engineering masters graduates. On top of that, it also ensures graduates are better able to pursue a career in research.

Our new Agriculture and Food Winanga-y Early Research Career Fellowship scheme is recruiting five Indigenous post-doctoral fellows.

The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) means to understand, know, remember, and think. The Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale, NSW, where we have a site, gifted us the word which is a cultural asset.

Application details are below. But, first let’s meet Isaak Kadel, a graduate of one of our other Indigenous programs.

Isaak, tell us a bit about yourself

I work in the aquaculture biology team. Working for CSIRO has been great. I’ve been able to take up opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in the laboratory and in the field.

Most of my day is spent on site performing animal husbandry. This involves the breeding and care of species such as tiger prawns, redclaw and Atlantic salmon. I also maintain experimental trials.

Image of Isaak at work.

Isaak Kadel undertaking data collection.

Any highlights you wish to share?

A highlight for me is advancing from assisting roles to leading experimental work. When I first arrived at CSIRO I had no experience in aquaculture. Now I am leading experiments!

What value do you see in a program like the Winanga-y Fellowship?

The value I see in the fellowship is the opportunity to kickstart a career by developing a diverse range of skills and experience in your chosen field. Additionally, the fellowship is ideal because it drives collaborative efforts.

Image of Isaak Kadel and Brian Murphy working holding a fishing net by the water.

Isaak Kadel (left) and Brian Murphy working in the field.

What would you say to other Indigenous people who may be considering working  for us?

Personally, I’d say we should all seize the opportunities when they are available. I enjoy a supportive environment that encourages ongoing development. I’m part of a supportive team who strive to help the aquaculture industry grow in an efficient, healthy and sustainable way.

This is where the fellowship scheme comes in. It provides opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander scientists and engineers who have recently completed their doctorate. Applicants must have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience.

Read more about our work in sustainable aquaculture.


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