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Principal Climate Scientist (Modelling)

  • Full Time
  • Brisbane

Website Department of Environment and Science | Queensland Governmnet

The Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science is looking for an experienced Climate Modeller Scientist to join the Climate Projections and Services team. This team within the Climate, Coastal, Air and Emissions Branch undertakes science and research activities involving climate modelling, climate data processing and analysis, and translation of downscaled climate projections into relevant services for Queensland. The team collaborates with other Government departments, interjurisdictional & Commonwealth agencies, universities & science organisations responsible for climate change science and projections, policy and programs.

The Climate Projections and Services Team undertakes high-resolution climate modelling to support climate adaptation and preparedness for natural disasters across Queensland’s regions. The team implements cutting-edge climate modelling and turn climate projections into relevant services for Queenslanders. This is a new role and will be an excellent opportunity to bring your highly regarded and extensive regional climate modelling skills to downscale climate projections to produce high-resolution climate simulations to inform adaptation policies and build preparedness for natural disasters.

Some of your responsibilities will include:
• provide specialist scientific leadership and expertise in regional climate modelling for the downscaling of climate projections to produce high-resolution simulations at regional (10 km) and convection-permitting (1-4km) scales.
• lead scientific projects focused on the delivery of climate change projections and extreme climate data.
• use high-performance computing and cloud enabled platforms (e.g. LINUX) to undertake a range of computations, including model setup and parameterisations, simulation runs, post-processing of model outputs and data curation.
• lead, coordinate and review the documentation of climate modelling and analytical routines as well as the writing of scientific papers and technical reports.
• manage and maintain climate datasets and scripts collaboratively within the group and across other climate groups in shared repositories.
• communicate key findings of modelling and data analyses to support decision making by both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
• develop and maintain strong networks and consult with peers, departmental employees and clients; and represent the Department at relevant meetings and committees.
• maintain technical knowledge, competence and excellence in the climate science and modelling field.
• actively leading and mentoring a small team of scientists.
• fostering a workplace culture that supports and promotes the interests of First Nations people.

Located in Dutton Park, you will work in a contemporary building, with state-of-the-art facilities, which is easily accessible by both bus and rail.

You’ll be part of dynamic and creative work environment, supporting creative thinking and respect of team members to deliver on group tasks. At DES, we encourage one another to share our experience so we can all learn, improve and innovate.

Some of the requirements of the position are:
• extensive knowledge and contemporary technical expertise in regional climate modelling and experience operating in HPC.
• experience handling files from regional climate models, including parametrization and development of models as well as computation of relevant climate metrics.
• ability to operate in a team environment, to engage with multiple stakeholders and build collaborative networks
• ability to manage and deliver projects and to support and mentor other scientists.

We’ll assess your merit for this role by looking at what you’ve done previously – the knowledge, skills and experience you’ve built, your potential for development, and your personal qualities.

A PhD or Masters qualification is desirable.   Please contact Ralph Trancoso on 07 3170 5713 or email

You must provide evidence that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

To be appointed to a position, you must be an Australian citizen, have permanent residency status or a visa permitting you to work in Australia.

To find out more about this role and how to apply visit

Job Ad Reference: QLD/453051/22

Closing Date: Friday, 02 December 2022

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