Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences

Canberra, Australia
25 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic level A or B
Salary package: $73,309 - $111,365 per annum, plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded), (3 years)

  • Access to the leading network of climate scientists in Australia
  • Supportive and enriching workplace, with flexible work arrangements
  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions

The Area

The ANU Research School of Earth Sciences is Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth sciences, home to the largest concentration of Earth scientists in Australia, and ranked 9th in the world for Earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

We take a broad view in addressing the big challenges of Earth sciences, seeking to answer questions ranging from the origins of the Earth, to understanding climate change. We have a reputation for international leadership and innovation, focused on developing new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational.

We are innovators: seeking to develop new experimental, analytical or computational methods, underpinned by in-house engineering and electronics workshops and our highly specialised technical staff.

Our cutting-edge research is led by our academic staff, and provides an unparalleled environment for high-quality research training of our graduate students. Our people and facilities are also the foundation for our vision to deliver world-class research-led undergraduate teaching in the Earth sciences.

The Position

This position is embedded within the Research School of Earth Science and is fully funded by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX). The incumbent will contribute to and benefit from being a part of the CLEX community. The Centre’s research agenda encompasses interconnected research programs focused on Weather and Climate Interactions, Drought, Attribution and Risk, Ocean Extremes and Coupled Modelling. CLEX is a major seven-year initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is led by UNSW Sydney and partners with Monash, The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University and The University of Tasmania alongside a suite of national and international partner organisations. Climate extremes are the confluence of high impact weather and climate variability. The Centre works to improve our understanding of the processes that trigger or enhance extremes and build this understanding into our modelling systems. The improved predictions of climate extremes will help Australia cope with extremes now and in the future.

This position sits within the CLEX Drought research team and will collaborate with senior and postdoctoral researchers in that team and other CLEX programs. This position aims to bring a paleoclimate-informed perspective to a past, present and future assessment of drought and fire-weather extremes in Australia. This will contribute to the Drought program goal of understanding “what determines the onset, persistence and termination of drought”.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes provides a supportive and enriching workplace for its staff and students through its strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing initiatives.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have:

  • PhD in climate science, physical oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, paleoclimatology or other relevant field, such as physics or mathematics.
  • Independent research experience as evidenced by publications of a high international standard and demonstrated achievement in a research field related to climate science.
  • Proven experience in analysing output from numerical models of the climate system, with expertise in programming (e.g. Fortran, Python) and High Performance Computing.

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For more information about the position please contact Professor Nerilie Abram on T: +61 2 61251978 or E:

Closing Date: 26 March 2021

Position Description: Download FilePD and PEWR - Academic Level A and B.pdf

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note the successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.