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2 Positions – Principal Scientist Climate Research and Principal Scientist Atmospheric Research

  • Full Time
  • NSW

Website NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Applications close 18 September 2022 at 11:55PM

Do you want your work to make a difference for NSW?

Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.

Permanent full-time opportunities, all NSW locations negotiable

  • 2 ongoing (permanent) Environment Officer (EO11) roles
  • Principal Scientist Climate Research & Principal Scientist Atmospheric Research EO11
  • Recruitment pool for any further temporary and ongoing vacancies
  • Salary relative to experience, and ranges from $126,084 to $138,953 + super

Our Climate and Atmospheric Science branch is currently seeking to appoint two Principal Scientists to design, lead and deliver climate and atmospheric science research and provide advanced technical and scientific advice, analytical support and guidance for scientific programs and projects.

About us

We work with multiple agencies within the NSW Government, in other states, and with businesses and communities to better understand our atmospheric environment and to assist decision makers dealing with the complex policy issues of air pollution and climate change.

Our research, data, information and knowledge are pivotal to helping the NSW Government achieve its objectives of:

  • Improving air quality across NSW (Clean Air for NSW)
  • Achieving net zero emissions by 2050 (Climate Change Policy Framework)
  • Ensuring NSW is more resilient to a changing climate (Climate Change Policy Framework)

We operate the largest and most comprehensive air quality monitoring network in Australia, with more than 90 stations across the state providing hourly updated air quality readings to the web.

We provide the NSW Government’s flagship regional climate modelling (NARCliM) and assist stakeholders across the NSW, ACT and South Australian Governments, businesses and communities to understand climate change, climate risks and their potential impacts.

We provide the core climate science that underpins the recently released NSW Adaptation Strategy. This integrates climate impact science across multiple disciplines including natural hazards, hydrological modelling, biodiversity and landscape modelling and integrated risk management

Our Net Zero Emissions Modelling is underpinning the development of programs to support the NSW Government’s Net Zero Emissions Plan Stage 1 and tracking greenhouse gas emissions and abatement opportunities across all sectors of the economy and regions of NSW.

About you

As the Principal Scientist you will provide science leadership and influence the strategic direction of Climate Research or Atmospheric Research. You will also develop, lead and deliver climate or atmospheric science projects that provide data, information and scientific advice in relation to climate extremes, climate risks and impacts and adaptation strategies to a broad user base across government, industry and university sectors.

You will have a PhD qualification in one of the following: climatology; meteorology; atmospheric physics; atmospheric chemistry; climate and/or airshed modelling. You will have proven experience establishing and leading project teams and solid experience in project management demonstrated by the timely delivery of high quality, rigorous science projects in climate and/or atmospheric science. You will have demonstrated experience of designing and conducting statistically rigorous analyses of large climate model and/or atmospheric data sets via expert-level coding skills. You will have an ability to make decisions and solve problems within the limits of available technologies and data and demonstrated familiarity with using high performance compute (HPC) facilities. A significant track record of successful research publications relative to career opportunity is highly desirable. You will be committed to working collaboratively with a team to deliver customer-focused results from technical or scientific projects.

For more information read the full Role Descriptions:

Principal Scientist Climate Research- Role Description

Principal Scientist Atmospheric Research – Role Description

About the Department

The Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPE supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments. We are committed to the Premier’s Priorities and welcome applications from all.

How to apply

If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) and a copy of your resume and expressing your interest and suitability for the role. Your application will be considered for both roles listed above unless you indicate only a preference for a particular role.

DPE strongly recommends all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID-19, to be so.

Applications close 18 September 2022 at 11:55PM

Should you require further information about the role please contact the Senior Team Leader Climate Research Giovanni Di Virgilio on 0451 515 641.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks

We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on (please include reference number).

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.

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