The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Australia (CSRIO) has decided to cut around 350 climate scientist jobs following a massive disturbance caused to the organisation.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that CSIRO confirmed its staff members through an email about cutting 350 jobs, including affecting the Data61 and Manufacturing divisions as well. The cuts are expected to affect the Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions by taking away up to 350 positions by staff.
National Science Agency’s Chief Executive Larry Marshall said the redundancies have hit following the 2020 strategy of CSIRO to enhance its collaboration with the industry and encourage commercialisation of science.
“Digital technology will disrupt every Australian industry and each part of our business must reinvent itself to help Australia respond to this global challenge,” he said. “As our business unit leaders work through the process of realigning their teams for the new strategy it is inevitable that there will be job losses.”
The Guardian Australia also saw the email where Marshall told staff members that the research conducted by the agency had pioneered climate models. Marshall stated that the reformation would ensure the organisation focused on how to adapt to the climate change rather than measuring and monitoring it.
“It’s inevitable that people who are gifted at measuring and modelling climate may not be the same people who are gifted at figuring out what to do about it how to mitigate it,” he said as quoted by the ABC. “Some of the climate scientists will be able to make that transition and some won’t.”
The chief executive said that it was good to see people love working for CSIRO, but at the same time he agreed that most companies record much more turnover than it. The enhancing turnover is likely to create better opportunities for junior scientists.