First listed on: 03 July 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ocean Circulation of the Indonesian Seas

The Opportunity
  • Indonesian Seas circulation and dynamics.
  • Develop and analyse a series of regional high-resolution ocean model simulations.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience.  

This position is within the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research (CSHOR), which is a joint initiative between the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science (China), CSIRO, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Tasmania (UTAS). The CSHOR objective is to increase investment in ocean-climate research in order to improve our understanding of how the southern hemisphere oceans influence global and regional climate, and how the climate influences these oceans. The position will based in CSIRO, and will work in the Indo-Pacific inter-basin exchange project, to study the impacts of tides on the Indonesian Throughflow circulation and property fluxes between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The Indo-Pacific inter-basin exchange project postdoctoral position will develop and analyse a series of regional high-resolution ocean model simulations. This includes tidal forcing to quantify the role of ocean mixing and air-sea fluxes in modifying sea surface temperature and salinity, and fluxes of properties from the Pacific to Indian oceans.

Your duties will include:
  • Using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model to develop and run a suite of high-resolution (10, 4, 1-km) simulation. 
  • Resolving complex topography of the Indonesian seas, mesoscale and submesoscale motions, and a large fraction of the internal wave-scale motions, including internal tides.
  • Increasing knowledge of key process and dynamical understanding to explain the variability of the Indonesian Through Flow and connection between the Pacific and Indian Tropical oceans. 
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSHOR that will lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 

Location: Hobart, Tasmania 
Tenure: Specified term of 2 years
Salary:  AU$86K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:  67829

To be considered you will need:
  1. A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Climate Science or Oceanography. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least one year of postdoctoral research experience, but no more than 6 full-time equivalent years (or part time equivalent) of experience since confirmation of your doctorate at the end of this postdoctoral term.
  2. A strong background and substantial experience with the MITgcm including the design, running and analysis of model simulations.
  3. Sophisticated programming skills to analyse large model data sets and compare them rigorously to observations.
  4. Substantial experience with Australia’s high performance computing infrastructure. 
  5. High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  6. A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  7. A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For more information please view the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and be able to commence in late 2020/early 2021.

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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

Sunday, 9th August 2020 at 11:59PM AEST

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