First listed on: 30 July 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Coastal Climate Modelling


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in physical or biogeochemical oceanography and environmental modelling or applied fluid dynamics?
  • Do you want to help build strategies to optimise ecosystem health in the decades to come?
  • Join CSIRO & contribute to the goal of “unlocking climate intelligence”! 

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop predictions of future marine conditions in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), at a scale relevant to ecological responses. They will be responsible for downscaling global climate predictions using a coastal model of the GBR and exploring local impacts accounting for the critical climatic threats (warming, acidification, changes in circulation, pollution).  The Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of a collaborative and multidisciplinary modelling team: from hydrodynamic to biogeochemical and connectivity modelling, from small scale and tidal dynamics to basin scale climate signals, and from coral bleaching to ocean acidification. 

Your duties will include:

  • In collaboration with the modelling team, downscale future climate patterns to explore local impacts on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Design and analyse numerical experiments to investigate the reef-scale effects of climate change at the resolution to inform effective management of the coastal area
  • Effectively use of High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and technologies for model simulations and analysis of the outputs.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in high impact journals.

Location:   Hobart, TAS
Salary:  AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:   75269

To be considered you will need:

  • doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as physical or biogeochemical oceanography and environmental modelling or applied fluid dynamics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in the development and/or interpretation of numerical models of the ocean and the analysis of large and complex oceanographic data sets.
  • Experience in working in a Linux/UNIX computing environment and a high level of programming skills in languages such as FORTRAN, C, Python and MATLAB. 
  • Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences and to policy and decision makers.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to for role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2021/January 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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. 


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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

31 August 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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