Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physical Oceanography

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary Level A $97,043 p.a. - $100,717 p.a. + 17% superannuation
01 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 17 months fixed term, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Geosciences
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in tropical Pacific climate variability and oceanography
  • Base Salary Level A $97,043 p.a. - $100,717 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project relating to the impact of small-scale ocean processes on tropical Pacific climate variability. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Ryan Holmes within the School of Geosciences. This project has recently been funded by the Australian Research Council.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake research in tropical Pacific physical oceanography, small-scale oceanic processes and climate variability
  • perform high-resolution regional coupled and ocean-only numerical model simulations to understand physical processes of relevance to tropical Pacific climate
  • publish research papers
  • demonstrate research excellence
  • assist with grant writing and publishing original work
  • support the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The School of Geosciences has a strong reputation for the quality of its research and teaching in human and physical geography, environmental studies, marine science, and geology and geophysics. We tackle key issues facing society including climate change, resource management and sustainability.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in physical oceanography, climate science and/or climate/ocean modelling and equivalent combination of training and experience
  • experience in numerical modelling of ocean and/or atmosphere processes at high-resolution
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • a strong track record of publishing their research
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organisational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • high level of interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • a demonstrated ability to complete work in timely fashion and to write up results for publication.

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