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4 x Postdoctoral Research Associates - Sydney, Australia

4 x Postdoctoral Research Associates - Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia
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4 Postdoctoral Research Associate positions available in oceanography and Antarctic science The positions are funded by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS) and will be based within the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW https://www.ccrc.unsw.edu.au.

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* 2 Year Fixed Term contract (with possibility of extension subject to budget and performance)
* Full Time - 35 hrs/per week
* Level A/B (98k – 130k) + 17% Super and Leave Loading
* Based at Kensington Campus- Sydney, Australia
Description
Position 1: Palaeo Ocean Modelling.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will undertake collaborative and self-directed research into Southern Ocean climate-carbon cycle interactions. Changes in Southern Ocean climate significantly impact the carbon cycle and atmospheric CO2, but uncertainties remain regarding past and future processes. The research associate will perform numerical modelling with an Earth system model to better understand how Southern Ocean climate and carbon cycle respond to different forcing, and how this can feedback on other parts of the climate system. The role of Postdoctoral Research Associate reports to Associate Prof. Laurie Menviel.

Skills and Experience (Level A)

PhD in Physical Climate Science, Climate Modelling, Ocean Dynamics or Marine Biogeochemistry
Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Demonstrated track record of strong research and publication (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
Evidence of high level analytical and problem-solving skills.
Evidence of highly developed excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (E.g. Python, Fortran, Matlab)
Knowledge of climate dynamics, ocean dynamics (preferably mid- to high-latitude) and/or marine biogeochemistry.
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
Skills and Experience (Level B, in addition to above)

Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in a related discipline.
Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with diverse range of students and staff.
Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students.


Position 2: Understanding and projecting regional sea-level change.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will contribute to improving understanding and projecting global and regional sea-level change. The focus of the work will include the attribution of global and regional change to natural and anthropogenic forcing factors in CMIP5/6 models, and/or constrained projections of global and regional sea-level change in the coming centuries. The successful candidate will work with investigators within the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (see below). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to Professor John Church.

Skills and Experience (Level A)

PhD in Physical Climate Science, Climate Modelling, Ocean Dynamics or Marine Biogeochemistry
Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Experience in analysing ocean and/or atmosphere-ocean coupled climate simulations.
Demonstrated track record of strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
An understanding of the factors contributing to regional sea-level change is desirable.
Evidence of high level analytical and problem-solving skills.
Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (E.g. Python, Fortran, Matlab, shell scripts, NCL, R, Matlab, Ferret).
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.
Skills and Experience (Level B, in addition to above)

Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of physical climate science, sea-level change or atmosphere/ocean dynamics.
Familiarity with Detection and Attribution, and Emergent Constraints methodology and/or sea-level budget desirable.
Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with diverse range of students and staff.
Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students.

Position 3: Thermodynamic and Dynamic Constraints on Southern Ocean Change.

Understanding how ocean, ice and atmosphere interact in the Southern Ocean is needed to understand Antarctica’s response to climate change. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will use novel theory and diagnostic methods to develop a fundamental understanding of how key parameters in this system operate. This fundamental understanding will provide an important lens through which to assess numerical models and distil observational data and develop hypotheses about future change. Such an understanding will also permit clearer understanding of the links between the range of small and large processes investigated within ACEAS. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will use a range of existing and new observations and a high resolution circum-Antarctic ocean model. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to Associate Professor Jan Zika and be encouraged to work with different parts of ACEAS and help to develop theoretical models which link the various studied processes.

Skills and Experience (Level A)

PhD in a numerate field such as applied mathematics, physics, engineering or a geoscience such as oceanography, atmospheric science or climate science.
Some exposure to physical climate science, climate modelling and/or atmosphere/ocean dynamics.
Evidence of a creative and innovative approach to research.
Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
Evidence of high level analytical and problem-solving skills.
Evidence of excellent communication skills.
Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (E.g. Python, Julia, R, Matlab, Fortran).
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.
Skills and Experience (Level B, in addition to above)

Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of physical climate science, sea-level change or atmosphere/ocean dynamics.Experience with numerical ocean/climate models, inverse state estimation or ocean/climate related theory.
Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with diverse range of students and staff.
Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students.

Position 4: Palaeoclimate and Palaeoglaciology.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will develop: (i) a reconstruction of past millennial Antarctic surface katabatic and coastal winds; (ii) assimilate the reconstruction into proxy-modelling of paleo-precipitation, katabatic redistribution and palaeo-ice accumulation rates, coastal supraglacial melt and superimposed ice, coastal ice sheet dynamics, coastal ocean currents and palaeo-ice shelf dynamics. The person will also contribute to flow-line modelling of western Wilkes Land to understand last glacial cycle ice dynamics upstream of the proposed Bunger Hills Blue Ice to assist in the ice margin ice history, and subglacial hydrological pathways. The successful candidate will work with investigators within the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (see below). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to A/Professor Ian Goodwin.

Skills and Experience (Level A)

PhD in physical climate science, paleoclimatology, glaciology, climate modelling or atmosphere/ocean dynamics.
Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Experience in developing paleoclimate reconstructions using proxy-data assimilation and running atmosphere and/or coupled climate simulations.
Strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
Evidence of high level analytical and problem-solving skills.
Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (E.g. Python, Fortran, Matlab).
Knowledge of atmosphere dynamics and glaciology and ice sheet mass balance-atmosphere processes.
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.
Skills and Experience (Level B, in addition to above)

Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of physical climate science, paleoclimatology, glaciology, climate modelling or atmosphere/ocean dynamics.
Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
A track record of significant involvement with the profession and/or industry.
High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with diverse range of students and staff.
Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students.
You should systematically address the selection criteria listed above in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.
Tasks
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Requirements
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Applications
Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed: https://external-careers.jobs.unsw.edu.au/cw/en/job/503546/postdoctoral-research-associate-climate
Application deadline
Further information
Contact:
Alex Sen Gupta
E: asengupta@unsw.edu.au

Applications close: December 1st, 2021
Contact email
asengupta@unsw.edu.au