Team Leader, Ocean Modelling Infrastructure

Canberra, Australia
$122,133 - $127,967 per annum, plus 17% superannuation
05 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Classification: Senior Manager 1 (Specialist)
Salary package: $122,133 - $127,967 per annum, plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded), until the end of December 2024 (with possibility of extension)
Position Description & Selection CriteriaSM1_TeamLeaderOceanModellingInfrastructure_PD.pdf

About us

ACCESS – The Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator – is a collaborative venture between Government agencies and the Australian research community to support development, maintenance and access to climate and weather models and data.

Hosted at ANU, ACCESS-NRI (ACCESS National Research Infrastructure) is established as a multi- party collaborative venture responding to the current and future needs of Australia’s scientific, Government and stakeholder community.

At the heart of ACCESS-NRI is a community of Research Software Engineers with a range of skills including high performance computing, climate and Earth system model development, model evaluation, advanced visualisation, model optimisation, and code and data management.

ACCESS-NRI provides a supportive and enriching workplace for its staff through its strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing initiatives. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other people that will increase the diversity of the ACCESS community are strongly encouraged to apply.

The role

We are seeking a Team Leader, Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling, to lead a team of 4 Research Software Engineers to oversee development of the ACCESS Ocean and Sea Ice Models at ACCESS-NRI. This is an exciting opportunity to actively contribute to creating solutions to the environmental challenges we currently face.

The Team Leader, Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling, will work collaboratively with the climate and Earth system modelling community to advance the tools that are used to model the ocean-sea ice system, utilising high-performance computing and big-data approaches. This position will also contribute to the leadership and strategic planning of the ACCESS-NRI, and will involve mentoring of team members. We encourage candidates with a scientific and/or strong programming background.

You will be leading a small team and working closely with other team leads, so it is essential that you are able to work with others, contribute to varied projects as needed, and be able to balance ongoing maintenance and support with scoping and delivery of new projects and other longer-term deliverables. The role has a mixture of internal and external stakeholder engagement, and you must be willing and able to communicate effectively with a non-technical audience. 

If this sounds like you, and you are excited to support innovative research and play an active role in making a difference in the world, then please get in touch to find out more about the position.

Skills and Requirements

Demonstrated experience in working as part of a software development team, attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to prioritise tasks to accomplish both short- and long-term goals.

Ability to lead a team and mentor staff as needed matters more than any specific software experience, as does an interest and demonstrated aptitude for picking up new ideas and skills and running with them. 

Core skills needed:

  • Computational modelling experience
  • Linux/Unix experience
  • Experience with scientific programming languages (e.g., Python, Fortran, Julia)
  • Software development and maintenance experience with modern version control systems (e.g., Git)
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively across disciplines.
  • Self-learner, good listener, accountable and passionate about helping others, as well as the ability to lead a collaborative team.
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to handle multiple issues, tasks and competing priorities concurrently.
  • Remain up to date on new trends and technologies.
  • Commitment to a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace environment

Desirable skills and experience that you may use: 

  • Knowledge of ocean-sea ice modelling platforms and codes
  • Research data management experience

For further information, please contact Martin Dix, Associate Director of Model Development on E:

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

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. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 

Closing date: 26 March 2023.