skip to Main Content

Postdoctoral Fellow – Environmental Data Scientist

  • Full Time
  • Sydney

Website UNSW Sydney

The Postdoctoral Fellow – Environmental Data Scientist is expected to contribute towards BluebottleWatch, an ARC-funded linkage project in partnership with Surf Life Saving Australia.

The role of the Postdoctoral Fellow – Environmental Data Scientist is to lead the data analysis and statistical modelling component of the linkage project, contributing to the forecast of bluebottles’ arrival to shore. The primary aim of this linkage project is to understand and predict the main environmental drivers of the bluebottle behaviour and drift using lab and field experiments, numerical and statistical modelling.

About the roles

$100K – $107K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
Fixed Term – 2 years
Full-time (35 hours per week)
The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Dr Amandine Schaeffer and has no direct reports. While the role does not involve any supervisory responsibilities, it will include collaborations with Surf Lifesaving Australia, State and Federal Government agencies, including the Bureau of Meteorology. It is expected that the appointee will engage and collaborate with other members of the research team.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Combine, quality-control, and analyse observational and numerical datasets of recorded stings, presence/absence or abundance surveys, citizen science, and environmental data (e.g. winds, ocean currents, waves).
Identify explanatory variables for the bluebottle’s arrival to shore and develop a statistical ecological model using historical and real-time data. The model will make predictions of bluebottle prevalence, including uncertainty estimates.
Evaluate the performance of the model as a routine real-time bluebottle forecast system.
Produce a report recommending further refinements for operationalisation.
Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals, presenting to peers at local, national and global conferences, workshops, and communicating with industry partners and stake holders.
Contribute to BluebottleWatch academic activities such as student co-supervision, committee membership, leading workshops, etc.
Work collaboratively with other researchers in the multi-disciplinary team and in other groups as applicable to the project.
Report regularly on progress and outputs as stipulated by the project leader.
Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.
About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

A PhD and documented research experience in environmental data science or statistics.
High level analytical and problem-solving skills.
Experience with programming languages such as proficiency in Python and/or R, and bash; and experience working with Linux, high-performance computing environments and github or similar.
Demonstrated experience with building data-driven statistical models, including choosing an appropriate model for the context and conducting model comparison and evaluation. For example, expertise could include generalized linear models, Bayesian models, machine learning algorithms, or other complex modelling techniques.
Basic understanding of environmental science including oceanography, meteorology, marine or climate science.
Experience with scripting languages and job schedulers for the routine deployment of applications is desirable e.g., data retrieval, forecast models, data processing.
Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity in an area listed in the position summary.
Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders, project partners and students.
Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work independently with limited supervision.
Attention to detail and an ability to prioritise tasks and manage projects in a timely fashion.
An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.
You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed:

Amandine Schaeffer

Applications close: March 29th, 2023

To apply for this job email your details to

Back To Top