skip to Main Content

Atmospheric Modeller – ACCESS

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU Canberra, ACT, AU Hobart, TAS, AU
Company: CSIRO
Location: Aspendale preferred, or Canberra or Hobart
Salary: AU$87k – AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of upto 3 years / Full-time
Reference: 87586

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Apply skills in Fortran 90 (preferred) or C++, python programming, and UNIX shell scripting to deliver climate model simulations
  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science and Innovation Agency!

CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere conducts research to help protect the marine and atmospheric environment and manage the impacts of weather, extreme events, climate variability, and climate change. Our team develops Australia’s national climate and earth system model, ACCESS, to simulate the likely impacts of human behaviour on our earth system into the future. We use these simulations to enable assessments of, and responses to, the risks posed by climate variability and change.

As an Atmospheric modeller, you’ll be joining the Coupled Climate Modelling Team in the Climate Science Centre within CSIRO’s O&A and providing technical support to the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS), which is a key tool for CSIRO to produce model simulations of present and future global climate. As part of the team, you will be helping to develop and maintain a world-class climate and earth system model in ACCESS and contributing to cutting-edge climate science research. You will be involved in delivering model simulations to international projects, such as the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP), which underpins the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. The latter are used by many governments around the world, including the Australian government, to inform policies to help protect the environment.

Your duties will include:

  • Working on ACCESS climate model applications and solving technical computing problems promptly and in a constructive manner.
  • Focusing on the atmosphere component of ACCESS, including interactions with the land surface and with chemistry and seeking new approaches to meet technical needs, where methods are not defined.
  • Contributing to designing model experiments. Preparing input datasets for model runs. Setting up and managing ACCESS model runs including data management.
  • Post-processing, visualization and analysis of model output, including for model evaluation.
  • Contributing to the writing of technical documentation and research papers and to publishing model output datasets.
  • Developing relationships with collaborating groups to gain expertise in, and solve technical problems with coupling codes, component models and forcing datasets, in particular the ACCESS-National Research Infrastructure facility and the UK Met Office.

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in computing, engineering or physical sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience solving technical computing problems associated with the development and use of large-scale numerical models.
  • Highly developed skills in Fortran 90 (preferred) or C++, python programming, and UNIX shell scripting.
  • Proven ability to work flexibly and independently as well as part of a team and to form and maintain effective working relationships with a range of colleagues and collaborators.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to document results and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients in order to meet project goals and timelines.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/ New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia with a valid working visa to cover the length of the specified term position without the requirement of visa sponsorship from CSIRO.

Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

16 October 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

To apply for this job please visit

Back To Top