Postdoctoral Research Associate, Climate – UNSW

Postdoctoral Research Associate 3 x positions

  1. Coupled ocean-atmosphere-ice feedbacks at the Antarctic Margin.
  2. Southern Ocean Processes.
  3. Coupled Ice Sheet and Ocean Modeller.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Faculty of Science – Climate Change Research Centre 

The Opportunity

3 Postdoctoral Research Associate positions available in oceanography and Antarctic science The positions are funded by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS) and will be based within the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW https://www.ccrc.unsw.edu.au.

  • All roles
  • 2 Year Fixed Term contract (with possibility of extension subject to budget and performance) 
  • Full Time – 35 hrs/per week 
  • Level A/B (98k – 130k) + 17% Super and Leave Loading 
  • Based at Kensington Campus- Sydney, Australia 

Position 1

Coupled ocean-atmosphere-ice feedbacks at the Antarctic Margin. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will develop and run a series of coupled climate model experiments including scenarios of meltwater anomalies added around Antarctica and Greenland to examine the nature of sea-ice albedo, meltwater, and ocean circulation feedbacks onto the ice-atmosphere system. The successful candidate will work with investigators within the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to Professor Matthew England.

Skills and Experience (Level A) 

  • PhD in physical oceanography, climate science or other relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Expertise in ocean/coupled modelling, with high-level skills in programming (e.g. Fortran, Python) and High Performance Computing. 
  • Experience in Antarctic margin and / or Southern Ocean research is desirable, but not essential.
  • Demonstrated track record of strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
  • Proven ability for problem solving and independent research, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment . 
  • Evidence of well-developed written and oral communication skills.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Skills and Experience (Level B, in addition to above)

  • Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of physical climate science, climate modelling or atmosphere/ocean dynamics
  • Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
  • Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
  • A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
  • High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with diverse range of students and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students

Position 2

Southern Ocean Processes. Using a combination model experiments, reanalysis and observations, this Postdoctoral Research Associate will examine Southern Ocean processes, spanning the upper and lower cells of the meridional overturning circulation, lateral circulation of water masses and interactions with topography, and the evolving heat and freshwater balance over the open ocean. The successful candidate will work with investigators within the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to Professor Matthew England.

Skills and Experience (Level A)

  • PhD in physical oceanography, climate science or other relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Expertise in ocean modelling, with high-level skills in programming (e.g. Fortran, Python) and High Performance Computing. 
  • Demonstrated track record of strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
  • Experience in Antarctic margin and / or Southern Ocean research is desirable, but not essential.
  • Proven ability for problem solving and independent research, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment . 
  • Evidence of well-developed written and oral communication skills.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Skills and Experience (Level B, in addition to above)

  • Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of physical climate science, climate modelling or atmosphere/ocean dynamics.
  • Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
  • Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
  • A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
  • High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with diverse range of students and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students

Position 3

Coupled Ice Sheet and Ocean Modeller. Using numerical model experiments, this Postdoctoral Research Associate aims to better understand the variability and long term forced response of the Antarctic ice sheet and coupled ice-shelf ocean system.  The successful candidate will work with investigators within the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to Professor Matthew England.

Skills and Experience (Level A) 

  • Completion of a PhD in ice sheet / ice shelf processes, physical oceanography or other relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Expertise in numerical modelling of ice sheet and/or ocean physics, with high-level skills in programming (e.g. Fortran, Python) and High Performance Computing. Experience in Antarctic margin and / or Southern Ocean research is desirable, but not essential.
  • Demonstrated track record of strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
  • Experience in Antarctic margin and / or Southern Ocean research.
  • Understanding of ROMS and ENKF modelling platforms would be an advantage but not essential.
  • Proven ability for problem solving and independent research, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment . 
  • Evidence of well-developed written and oral communication skills.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Skills and Experience (Level B, in addition to above)

  • Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of physical climate science, climate modelling or atmosphere/ocean dynamics.
  • Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
  • Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
  • A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
  • High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with diverse range of students and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed above in your application. 

Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Contact:
Alex Sen Gupta
E: asengupta@unsw.edu.au

Applications close: December 1st, 2021

https://external-careers.jobs.unsw.edu.au/cw/en/job/503553/postdoctoral-research-associate-climate

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