Postdoctoral Fellow in Physical Oceanography

Randwick, Australia
02 May 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

Applications are sought for a fixed term Postdoctoral Physical Oceanographer: Continental Shelf Processes in the School of Mathematics, UNSW Sydney.

About the role

  • $91,743 - $98,127 p.a. plus up to 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • ~ 2 years Fixed Term (to 1 July 2020).
  • Full-time

The position is based with the Coastal and Regional Oceanography group, within the School of Mathematics and Statistics in the Faculty of Science, UNSW Australia ( We are a dynamic group of researchers, including academics, postdocs, technical staff and students conducting research focused on the East Australian Current and the dynamics of the continental shelf circulation along the coast of SE Australia. 

The role involves research into the dynamics and prediction of the East Australian Current as part of a project funded by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP170100498 "An end-to-end ocean weather information system for the Blue Economy". The objective of the postdoc is to understand the dynamics of continental shelf circulation along the coast of SE Australia, and the influence of the western boundary current on shelf processes using modern observations and a suite of data assimilating models.

About the successful Applicant

To apply you must have the following skills and experience:

  • PhD and documented research experience in physical oceanography or related field.
  • Strong track record in regional dynamical oceanography and knowledge of ocean dynamics.
  • Demonstrated high level analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to critically assess oceanographic models and observational data.
  • Proficiency working with and organising large geophysical datasets preferably HF Radar, glider and oceanographic mooring data.
  • Excellent programming ability, including proficiency in Fortran, Matlab or Python, and NetCDF; and experience working in a Linux environment.
  • Strong scientific writing skills in English, as evidenced by publications in internationally recognised, high ranking, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • High level attention to detail and an ability to prioritise tasks and manage projects in a timely fashion.
  • A demonstrated high level of self-motivation and ability to work independently to achieve project outcomes.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

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

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure quality and diversity in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff.

We strongly encourage female applicants and actively support women to succeed through specific Group, Faculty and UNSW initiatives including generous parental leave provisions and flexible work practices. 


Moninya Roughan A/Prof School of Mathematics and Statistics


Applications close: 21 May 2018