First listed on: 13 December 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Unlocking Marine Extreme Predictability with AI


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in physical oceanography, meteorology, or climate modelling?
  • Contribute to developing a new generation of prediction models for marine extremes
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific 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 of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

The CERC Postdoctoral Fellow will take the lead in developing a new generation of prediction models for marine extremes that combine climate and ocean model simulations, ocean observations, and cutting-edge machine learning techniques, to overcome the under-sampling issue of the extreme events in the training data.

The successful candidate will also develop AI model visualisation tools to help researchers understand the drivers and precursors of events like marine heatwaves, which will in turn inform researchers of the missing physics or missing data sampling.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing deep learning models for marine heatwave predictions in the Indo-Pacific Ocean
  • Developing model strategies to overcome the rarity issue of the extreme event in observational records
  • Evaluating machine learning modelling approaches against dynamic model forecasts and other statistical tools.
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.  

Location: Perth, WA
Salary: AU$92k - AU$101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 90662

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as physical oceanography, meteorology, climate modelling, or similar. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing, and using mathematical models to analyse and solve scientific problems.
  • Advanced mathematical and statistical skills and their applications in research.
  • High-level programming skills in Python (or other programming languages) and demonstrated ability to handle large oceanography and climate datasets.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia who are able to commence in the role by 30 June 2023.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

14 February 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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