Research Associate/Research Fellow, Submesoscale Ocean Transport

Perth, Australia
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Great opportunity for a postdoc with a passion in finding solutions to issues facing our oceans.
  • Applications open to researcher with expertise in physical oceanography or geophysical fluid dynamics to join a dynamic and supportive group in our Oceans Graduate School
  • Full time and 2 years fixed term appointment 
  • Salary range: Level A, Step 8  $97,946 p.a. or Level B $102,983 p.a. - $121,864 p.a. depending on qualifications, skills and experience

Oceans Graduate School

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The Oceans Graduate School engages in fundamental and applied research to find solutions for the critical issues facing our oceans, coasts and estuaries. Our School operates state-of-the-art facilities around Western Australia used for world-class marine research to investigate the ocean. The Oceans Graduate School engages with partners around the world, including other universities, governments and research institutions, so more can be done to better our oceans and ensure a healthy future for our population.

You will be part of a dynamic and supportive research group at UWA that is focussed on related projects. You will also work closely with colleagues at University of New South Wales and IFREMER.

About the opportunity

You will work on a project seeking to further our understanding of vertical and lateral ocean transport due to fronts and eddies. The goal of this study is to characterise and understand submesoscale ocean currents that vary over spatial scales of 1 to 10s km and evolve on corresponding time scales of days to weeks.

You will be involved in all major aspects of the project aims described in the position description, including in situ data collection and analysis, initial comparisons with the new SWOT satellite and other remote-sensing data, and development of satellite inversion algorithms.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in Physical Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics or relevant related field
  • Expertise in one or more of: satellite remote sensing, numerical ocean circulation models, or the collection and analysis of in situ ocean observations
  • Strong statistical and numerical analysis skills. Desirably one of: Bayesian inference, model inversion or other forms of data assimilation
  • Strong computational skills with the ability to organise and process large data sets
  • Willingness to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students
  • Highly developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative, problem solve and work productively as part of a team

For more information regarding the position or a confidential discussion, please contact:

  • Associate Professor Nicole Jones, Project Lead, email:

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to submit curriculum vitae and a document clearly addressing the selection criteria to demonstrate that you meet the criteria.

Closing date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
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