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Climate Scientist – Applications Close 07-Feb-2019 11:30 PM (AEDT)

Climate Scientist – Applications close 07-Feb-2019 11:30 PM (AEDT)

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The Bureau undertakes research in fulfilment of its responsibilities as a national research agency, contributing to the development of weather and climate applications for the needs of the Australian community, supporting the Bureau’s operational services, and advancing meteorological and earth system science in Australia and globally.

The Science to Services Program carries out the majority of research and development activities in the Bureau, covering the broad fields of weather, climate, oceanography, earth systems modelling, and applications.

The Climate Research Section focuses more specifically on climate projections, climate dynamics and feedbacks, intra-seasonal to decadal predictability, climate model assessment, and prediction products and verification. Much of the research and development work is carried out on high performance computing (HPC) platforms at the Bureau and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), based at the Australian National University.

The Climate Research Section of the Science to Services Program is seeking an outstanding climate scientist to conduct climate research to improve understanding of past and future climate change, climate variability and extremes in the Australian region. You will be a member of a small team that contributes to research programmes including national and state government climate research programmes. The team conducts research to determine the underlying causes of observed weather and climate variability and to determine likely future changes to climate.

You will conduct research, both independently and under guidance, into climate change and weather variability, and analyse observational data and global-scale gridded reanalyses and climate model output using a variety of sophisticated statistical techniques. Additionally, you will be expected to contribute to developing the methods to describe the link between changes in the weather and subsequent impacts.

You will need to have:

  • a very good understanding of meteorology, climate variability and climate change in the Australian region and beyond. This includes understanding of weather features such as fronts, major factors influencing Australian climate, including ENSO and the enhanced greenhouse effect;
  • strong programming skills, including extensive experience with UNIX, and with scientific and visualisation and statistical languages such as Python, R, NCL.
  • flexibility to work effectively and productively as a member of a team, and an ability to plan and undertake research and to publish research results, in the international peer-reviewed literature, of relevance to the Bureau’s mission, and to contribute to the milestone reports for external stakeholders; and

The duties will involve close collaboration with scientific and technical staff in the Climate Research Section. Experience liaising effectively with external stakeholders or the potential to do so is an advantage.

The applicant will need to have an excellent knowledge of weather and climate variability and climate change in the Australian region, the ability to devise, test and publish research in the international peer-reviewed literature, the ability to meet deadlines, work effectively as part of a small team, and have extensive experience in programming in a UNIX environment and in the use of scientific visualisation tools. The position will involve close collaboration with other scientific and technical staff in the Bureau and other agencies.

The occupant will report to the DELWP Climate Research Project lead in the Climate Processes Team within the Climate Research Section.


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