First listed on: 12 April 2018

Research Scientist

  • Apply your expertise in climatology and meteorology
  • Conduct research that aims to understand, describe, and manage climate risks
  • Join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere

The Position

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced Research Scientist to join our Verification and Applications Activity in the CSIRO Decadal Forecast project.  In this role, you will be involved in the assessment of climate variability and forecasts, and engagement in the applications of forecasts to end users.  The work will be directed at understanding and describing climate risks, and management of those risks by connecting climate forecasts with planning for water resources, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and finance sectors. 

Specifically, you will assess climate variability and extremes in observations and climate forecasts, develop measures of predictability and skill in forecasting key climate extremes, contribute to the process of debiasing and calibrating climate forecasts for user applications, and engage with end users of forecasts.  As a Research Scientist on our team, you will contribute to the advancement and use of the Climate Analysis Forecast Ensemble system at CSIRO and to the suite of Earth system models run by the Climate Science Centre. 

Your duties will include: 

  • Independently conducting original scientific research into the variability and predictability of climate extremes of relevance to key stakeholders.
  • Characterising and understanding processes shaping the internal modes of variability in the atmosphere in observations and climate models.
  • Assessing the mechanisms via which climate signals in the ocean are teleconnected through the atmosphere to influence broader regions.
  • Working with colleagues to develop process-based climate model diagnostics and verification tools.
  • Providing skill assessments of climate extremes such as drought, extreme rainfall and temperature, storms, and concurrent extremes.

Location:  Hobart, TAS, 
Salary:  AU$95K to AU$103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Job reference:  56667

To be successful, you will need:

  • A doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as meteorology or climatology.
  • A strong familiarity with weather processes, synoptic meteorology, and rainfall variability.
  • Experience with water resources management, the application of climate data to water resources, and hydrological modelling.
  • Experience processing station-based climate data and atmospheric reanalysis products.
  • Experience applying dynamically-based diagnostics of large scale atmospheric circulation.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position description

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Find out more! Balance

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

How to apply: Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter, ensuring you provide enough information relevant to the criteria as listed in the position description, to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.

Applications close: 11:59pm AEST, Wednesday 18th April, 2018

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