Postdoctoral Research Associate, Climate Change Research Centre

Randwick, Australia
09 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research intensive Universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Work with Australia’s leading climate researchersAt 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$91K - A$98K per year (depending on experience) plus 17% employer superannuation and leave loading
  • 2 years Fixed Term with potential extension of 1 extra year
  • Full-time

We seek an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on an ARC-funded Discovery project “New insights into abrupt climate change using isotope model-data fusion”. The project will explore changes in ocean dynamics and ocean biogeochemical cycles during the last glacial period and the last deglaciation with three isotope-enabled climate models. It will aim to determine the source of carbon dioxide emissions responsible for past warming events and to better understand non-linear responses in the climate system. A main outcome will be the quantification of climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, which are a crucial component of future climate projections. The research will be undertaken at CCRC (UNSW) in collaboration with the University of Bern (Switzerland).

The successful applicant should hold a doctoral qualification and have a track record of research output in the areas of large-scale ocean-atmosphere dynamics and/or ocean biogeochemistry, global climate modeling and model development.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD held or pending in physical oceanography, physical or biogeochemical climate science, or climate modelling
  • Experience in developing and running climate models
  • An advanced knowledge of climate feedbacks
  • 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.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.


Dr Laurie Menviel

Applications close: 9 February 2018

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