Postdoc, Isotope-enabled climate models & paleoceanography, Sydney, Australia

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) is a multi-disciplinary research centre comprising one of the largest university research facilities of its kind in Australia. CCRC houses research expertise in the key areas of Earth's climate: namely atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes. Advanced scientific methods, models and analysis tools are employed to address pressing questions relating to climate dynamics, oceanic and atmospheric processes, climate change, and climate variability.


The CRCC seeks an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on an ARC-funded Discovery project "New insights into abrupt climate change using isotope model-data fusion".

The project will explore changes in ocean dynamics and ocean biogeochemical cycles during the last glacial period and the last deglaciation with three isotope-enabled climate models. It will aim to determine the source of carbon dioxide emissions responsible for past warming events and to better understand non-linear responses in the climate system. A main outcome will be the quantification of climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, which are a crucial component of future climate projections. The research will be undertaken at CCRC (UNSW) in collaboration with the University of Bern (Switzerland).

The successful applicant should hold a doctoral qualification and have a track record of research output in the areas of large-scale ocean-atmosphere dynamics and/or ocean biogeochemistry, global climate modeling and model development.


- AUD$91K - AUD$98K per year (depending on experience) plus 17% employer superannuation and leave loading
- Two-year fixed term with potential extension of one extra year
- Full-time


To be successful in this role you will have:
- PhD held or pending in physical oceanography, physical or biogeochemical climate science, or climate modelling
- Experience in developping and running climate models
- An advanced knowledge of climate feedbacks
- Research and publication track record in a relevant field, commensurate with opportunity
- Expertise in the analysis and interpretation of observational data sets and/or model output
- Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, shell scripts, NCL, R, Matlab)

Please refer to the position description for the full selection criteria. You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.


Please apply online. All applications must be made online and received by 9 February 2018.

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Further information

Contact Dr Laurie Menviel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.