Research Fellow in Atmospheric Observations

Melbourne, Australia
Level A– $75,289 – $102,163 (pro rata) p.a. plus 17% super
27 Apr 2022
End of advertisement period
22 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time or Part time (0.5 FTE and above) available; Fixed-term until 31 Dec 2023
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Geography, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
Salary: Level A– $75,289 – $102,163 (pro rata) p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences investigates a broad range of sciences - from the geosciences to meteorology and climate science, to the study of urban, built and natural environments and the societies they contribute to. The School operates a comprehensive programme of Tertiary Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and undertakes extensive research programs of fundamental and applied significance

About the Role

We seek a highly qualified and motivated candidate with experience in atmospheric science to undertake a postdoctoral position focused on cloud-aerosol-climate interactions over the Great Barrier Reef. The appointee will conduct observations of clouds and aerosols to understand their role in regulating the climate over the Great Barrier Reef, including their relationships to coral bleaching events.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Under the guidance and support of Senior Academic staff conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals on topics relevant to the project.
  • Undertake fieldwork over the Great Barrier Reef and conduct analysis of field data.
  • Analyse cloud, aerosol, and precipitation remote sensing (ground-based and spaceborne) datasets.

About You

You will have the ability to work well under field conditions and within a team, with strong communication skills is essential. Applicants with prior experience in analysing large and complex datasets, including atmospheric remote sensing (ground-based and/or spaceborne) and high-resolution numerical modelling, will be highly regarded.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A PhD in atmospheric science or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in atmospheric science including clouds, aerosols, and their interactions.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking fieldwork, analysing large and complex datasets including remote sensing datasets.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities or culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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Position description: Research Fellow in Atmos Obs PD.docx

Applications close: 22 May 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time