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Postdoctoral / Research Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences

Canberra, Australia
$80,914 - $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

Classification: Academic Level A/B
Salary package: $80,914 - $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full-time, Fixed term (up to December 2026)

The Position

This is a key role for an early career academic to work in Antarctic paleoclimate research. The role will involve the development and interpretation of past climate records from Antarctic ice samples, including developing new climate records representative of the Denman Glacier region of East Antarctica.

The position is fully funded by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS), which is a major $25M Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council. The goal of ACEAS is to help the world prepare for climate risks emerging from East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by integrating knowledge of the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and ecosystems, and their interplay.  ACEAS is a national-scale, University-led Special Research Initiative in Antarctic science focused on this goal. ACEAS is led by the University of Tasmania with a range of Australian and International Partners. The successful applicant will contribute to this national-scale research effort, and will benefit from the opportunities for collaboration and career development available through ACEAS.

The Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow will be a member of the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES). RSES is Australia’s leading academic research institution for Earth and Marine Sciences, and ranked 11th in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

We are committed to offering a nurturing environment for the School’s early career researchers. Our culture is one of inclusivity and respect and we encourage everyone to embrace these values as expressed in our culture statement.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have:

  • A PhD (or awarding of a PhD within six months of appointment commencement) in climate science or a related area, with a track record of independent research as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.
  • Experience in paleoclimate research is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience in laboratory analyses of paleoclimate samples (and in particular ice samples) is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience in scientific coding for analysis of climate/paleoclimate data is essential, including a demonstrated ability to work with large gridded and/or multiproxy datasets.
  • Ability or willingness to assist in the supervision of students working on research projects.
  • Ability to solve problems and work independently as part of a team, and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills are required, and an ability for effective science communication to a range of audiences is desirable. 

Your ability to lead by example, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, will enable you to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels within RSES in line with the RSES Culture Statement.

Learn more about the ground-breaking research and work class facilities of the Research School of Earth Sciences here.

For more information about the position please contact Professor Nerilie Abram on T: +61 2 6125 1978 E:

Working at ANU

This is an opportunity to work with a world class University that undertakes cutting edge research and has a strong tradition in research-led teaching excellence.

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A Diverse and Inclusive Team

ANU is introducing measures to support the recruitment, inclusion and retention of employees with disability. To find out more, please click here.

ANU is a large, diverse employer with staff working across numerous professions (see the full list of available roles here. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing your suitability against 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.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position. The committee will consider candidates that do not meet one or more aspects of the selection criteria.

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our HR team at E: or T: +61 2 6125 6866.

Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates consent and it will not having any bearing on hiring decisions.

For examples of common reasonable adjustments please click here.

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

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