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Antarctic Atmospheric Modeller – Australian Antarctic Division

Website AusAntarctic Australian Antarctic Division

Deadline: 10 May 2023, 11:00pm AEST

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU
Company: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water – Antarctic Division
Location: Hobart
Salary: AU$88k – AU$124k
Tenure: Ongoing / Full-time

The Opportunity

This position will lead the AAD’s atmospheric modelling to improve climate projections, variability, trends and interactions over the high southern latitudes.

The person in this role will develop improved parameterisation schemes within the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS), in collaboration with Australian Antarctic Program partners. These will include, but are not limited to: precipitation processes, correct cloud phase partitioning, improving the sulphur cycle. A key responsibility will be to engage proactively with the national ACCESS-NRI community, and also internationally, especially with the UK Met Offices’ Unified Model (UM). The person will work closely with AAD and external experimental scientists to plan future observational campaigns to target key high-latitude process studies to evaluate and improve climate models, and develop and test new parameterisation schemes.

Responsibilities will include:

  • under broad guidance, developing atmospheric modelling approaches within the AAD and research partners to improve climate projections, variability and trends of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean
  • developing, improving, implementing, and evaluating new parameterisation schemes of relevance to the Antarctic atmosphere for climate and Earth system models, including precipitation, cloud-phase partitioning and the sulphur cycle
  • engaging with the Australian ACCESS-NRI (National Research Infrastructure) community and the UKMO (UK Met Office) Unified Model community to deliver outcomes for the Antarctic
  • working closely with experimental scientists to plan future observational campaigns to obtain the observations required in order to address outstanding issues within climate models
  • working collaboratively across the AAD and with whole of government partners to deliver the government’s strategic objectives
  • supporting the delivery of national and international engagement activity
  • presenting research findings through reports, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations at relevant workshops and conferences

To be considered you will need:

  • A demonstrated track record in scientific research relevant to the AAD’s interests in the Antarctic atmosphere, particularly in research associated with observational and modelling studies of atmospheric processes, as evidenced through peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience conducting climate model simulations over a range of scales, ideally including performing sensitivity experiments.
  • A demonstrated track record of fostering collaboration and contributing to a positive and inclusive team culture.
  • Demonstrated experience in atmospheric modelling and model development, including the running of a climate or Earth system model.
  • High-level skills in numerical code development, adaptation, application and maintenance.
  • Proven high-level skills in the analysis, quantitative interpretation and management of complex large scientific data sets and data products.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a small team, and to engage widely and develop and sustain beneficial external collaborations and working relationships.

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Applications for this position are open to Australian citizens.

Please note that the successful applicant will be required to travel to the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions therefore they will be expected to meet specific medical, adaptability and personal qualities requirements appropriate to working in those environments.

How to Apply

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Applications Close

10 May 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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