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Field Scientist – Climate Observing Systems

Website Australian Antarctic Division

The Opportunity

The Field Scientist – Climate Observing Systems will manage and facilitate the successful operation of atmospheric science observing systems, including the X-Band weather radar, ceilometer and imagers aboard RSV Nuyina. The person will provide technical expertise for these systems and generate research-quality products from the raw data streams, including quality control and support documentation. Responsibilities will also include managing other marine and shore-based campaign deployments, including assuming responsibility for designing and implementing experiments under broad direction. This will involve operation of an extended suite of instruments, which may include drone sampling of the atmospheric column. The person in this role will be expected to create technical solutions to optimise instrument performance and data collection. The position will also contribute to research output, including publications, and ensure data deposition and uptake.

Responsibilities will include:

  • under broad direction, managing and co-ordinating atmospheric science systems aboard Nuyina and Antarctic stations
  • providing technical expertise for instruments, including the Nuyina X-Band weather radar, and generate research-quality data products
  • contributing leadership for on-shore atmospheric campaign deployments, contributing to experimental design and create technical solutions to optimise instrument performance and data collection
  • contributing to research output, including publications
  • 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, as well as other branch, divisional and departmental priorities.

To be considered you will need:

  • Experience with managing and operating atmospheric science observing systems, e.g., radars, lidars, optical instruments, and field campaign deployments.
  • A track record of relevant scientific research which may include peer-reviewed publications or scientific reports.
  • Experience managing and leading others in a small team, fostering collaboration across disciplines to achieve science outcomes and contributing to a positive and inclusive team culture.
  • Ability to manage complex instrumental field deployments for the purposes of conducting scientific research, under limited direct supervision.
  • Ability to manage project work and engage with support staff and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated range of personal qualities and interpersonal skills necessary to perform as a successful team member within isolated Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments.
  • Ability to effectively adapt and respond to the demands of living and working in an isolated and confined environment.

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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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