Research Fellow, Oceanography, Surface Waves

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
27 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

ARC ITRH for Transforming energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering (TIDE)

Oceans Graduate School

  • An outstanding opportunity for a self-driven researcher to enhance your career and develop strong technical skills
  • Expand your network by working as part of a large scale, international, multi-disciplinary research group in order to solve industry focussed problems
  • Full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years initially with a possibility for extension
  • Salary range: Level B; $102,983 - $121,864 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

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

This position is within the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Transforming energy Infrastructure through Digital Engineering (TIDE ITRH), based at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) at UWA.

The TIDE ITRH comprises four interlinked research themes working together to deliver projects using advanced data science and engineering techniques to transform the operation of energy infrastructure. The research is a blend of physical and numerical modelling, supported by fieldwork and the robust analysis of key observations from existing facilities. Our industry partners are helping to shape the research direction, drive technology transfer, and assist with mentoring our researchers and students.

Our industry partners include three of Australia’s largest producers of LNG – Woodside, Shell and INPEX – plus Lloyd’s Register Group, Bureau Veritas, Fugro, RPS, and Wood. Other partners include the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

International collaborators include researchers and scientists from the University of Texas, the University of Oxford, the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS), the University of Southampton, HR Wallingford, Lancaster University and the Alan Turing Institute.

About the opportunity

As a Research Fellow in Oceanography you will participate in and coordinate research relevant to the study of surface wave dynamics, with a focus on developing methods for the improved forecasting of surface waves. This may include novel applications of data assimilation (e.g. from drifting wave buoys) and applying data science or statistical methods to quantify and reduce forecast uncertainty.

To achieve this you will run numerical wave models, collect and analyse oceanographic data sets, interact and collaborate with the entire TIDE team including industry partners, and engage with external partners. In addition, you will publish and present research papers, assist with training students, and help to establish computing systems and code repositories to support data analysis.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the project provides the opportunity for the successful candidate to participate in collaboration across the fields of oceanography, hydrodynamics, geotechnics, marine structures and data science.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent industry experience in physical oceanography, coastal engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Strong numerical analysis skills and experience with data assimilation.
  • A strong track record of research publication relative to opportunity.
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students.
  • Strong organisational skill and an ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team
  • Experience with data science techniques including machine learning and/or statistical modelling is highly desirable.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

Please see the position description prior to applying.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

Closing date: 11:55 pm AWST, Thursday 24th February 2022

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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