Research Associate in Marine Science

Randwick, Australia
31 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia‚Äôs leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The UNSW Climate Change Research Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre comprising one of the largest university research facilities of its kind in Australia. CCRC houses research expertise in the key areas of Earth's climate: namely atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes. We employ advanced scientific methods, models and analysis tools to address pressing questions relating to climate dynamics, oceanic and atmospheric processes, climate change, and climate variability.

About the role

  • A$90K-A$96K plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 3 Years Fixed Term
  • Full Time (35hours/week)

This position arises from establishment of Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research (CSHOR), which is a joint initiative between the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science (China), CSIRO, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Tasmania (UTAS). The CSHOR objective is to increase investment in ocean-climate research in order to improve our understanding of how the southern hemisphere oceans influence global and regional climate, and how climate change influences these oceans.

This position is seeking a suitable candidate to work on a study aiming to uncover the precise mechanisms driving recent warming around the Southern Ocean; in particular surface warming in the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas, sub-surface warming over the Antarctic Shelf, and warming of the abyssal oceans driven by changes in Antarctic Bottom Water properties and/or production rates.

The ideal candidate would therefore hold a doctoral qualification and have a track record of research output in a related field such as physical oceanography, large-scale ocean dynamics and/or ocean modelling.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD or equivalent qualification in physical oceanography, physical climate science, or ocean modelling
  • Experience in running ocean circulation models and analysing ocean dynamical processes
  • An advanced knowledge of the oceanography of the Southern Ocean
  • Research and publication track record in a relevant field, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Expertise in the analysis and interpretation of observational data sets and/or model output
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, shell scripts, NCL, R, Matlab)

Please refer to the position description for the full selection criteria. You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Matthew England


T: (61 2) 9385 7065

Applications close: 28 August 2017