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Research Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences

Canberra, Australia
$110,162 - $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
3 May 2024

Job Details

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $110,162 - $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full-time, Continuing (contingent Funded) appointment for up to 4 years

Working at ANU

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

This position is fully funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Weather of the 21st Century. The Research Fellow will contribute to and benefit from being part of a supportive and vibrant Centre community which offers unparalleled networking and professional development opportunities. 

The Centre is a major seven-year initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. It is a consortium of 24 partners led by Monash University in partnership with The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, The Australian National University, and the University of Tasmania.

The Centre’s team-based research is focused on how Australia’s weather is being reshaped by climate change. The Centre conducts blue-sky research with real-world applications for communities, industry and government. The research program is made up of six integrated Centre Projects: Weather System Dynamics; Climate Variability and Weather Systems; Weather Systems in a Warmer World; Weather Resources; High-Impact Weather; and Modelling Science.

This position forms an integral part of the Centre Project on Weather Resources.

The Position

This is a key role for an early career academic to lead research into the availability and reliability of Australian weather resources. The successful candidate will take a broad approach to examining weather resources by:

  • Establishing robust methodologies to define Australian weather resources.
  • Quantifying the distribution of weather resources.
  • Examining temporal and spatial variability and Australian weather resources to determine their reliability.
  • Applying stakeholder-aligned storyline approaches to describe Australia’s weather resources and what defines their availability and reliability.

The Research Fellow will lead the team of postdoctoral researchers in the Centre working on Weather Resources. They will also work with the Centre’s industry and government partners, including assisting in coordination of the Centre’s Partner Integration Program.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in climate science or a related area, such as atmospheric science, oceanography, physics, or renewable resources.
  • Significant research experience as evidenced by a record of well-cited publications in peer-reviewed journals, a record of developing and maintaining collaborations and by other measures such as awards, and invitations to present at conferences. 
  • Experience that is relevant to weather resources in some or all of the following areas: climate data analysis, programming skills, and weather risks/resources analysis. Specific experience in working with industry or government stakeholders, and producing stakeholder-focused research outcomes or briefings would be an advantage but is not essential. 
  • An ability to supervise high quality PhD/Masters research students. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team, contributing to team management and meeting deadlines for project elements.  
  • Excellent communication and written English language skills.
  • Ability to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels. 
  • A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context. 

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

The Area

The Research Fellow will be a member of 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 have a reputation for international leadership and innovation, focused on developing new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational. Our research spans the range from solid earth evolution to climate processes, and from 21st century resources to climate change impacts.

Our cutting-edge research provides an unparalleled environment for high-quality research training of our graduate students. Our people and facilities are also the foundation for our vision to deliver world-class research-led undergraduate teaching in the Earth Sciences. 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.

A Diverse and Inclusive Team

ANU is a large, diverse employer. 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.

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

To Apply

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

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • A statement addressing your suitability against the selection criteria.

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: 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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+61 (2) 6125 5111
ACT 0200

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