First listed on: 18 December 2022

Climate Research Engineer


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The Opportunity

  • Apply skills to open-source Python-based software ecosystem.
  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency! 

As a climate research software engineer, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the growing need for the delivery of climate-risk products to the public. The development of Large Ensemble Climate Forecast archives is recognised by the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) as a critical tool in generating the very large samples needed to forecast and characterise extreme climate events.
What is so exciting about this role? You’ll provide rapid diagnosis of extreme events, their likelihoods, the regions impacted, and their risks to national infrastructure and livelihood. The information on extreme event footprints and frequency will be coupled with national databases on the impacts of extreme events to provide assessments of climate vulnerability and risk and help in guiding response and adaptation efforts.

Your duties will include:

  • Collaborating with CSIRO’s partners to utilise large initial condition climate ensembles to characterise climate extremes and hazards
  • Providing leadership in software design and use by CSIRO and partner agencies
  • Developing and applying indices of weather and climate extremes for use in reanalyses and large forecast ensembles
  • Leading, developing and contributing to software for processing very large ensembles to the international community and leveraging international collaborations between the large ensemble community and CSIRO
  • Developing and providing assessments of the likelihood and statistics of climate extremes and their footprints across Australia from large ensembles
  • Contributing to the global Pangeo community, including contributing to the associated open-source Python-based software ecosystem

Location: Hobart, Tasmania preferred
AU$105k – AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation 
Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 90902

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as [computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, meteorology, or climatology].
  • Knowledge of and/or proven experience with the approaches commonly used to assess the likelihood and statistics of climate extremes (e.g. extreme value analysis, climate indices).
  • Demonstrated ability and experience working with (large) climate model datasets.
  • Familiarity with the python programming language.
  • Familiarity with good practice programming, documentation, and version control.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to an Australian / New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or be able to obtain valid working (visa sponsorship may be provided to the eligible candidates).

Appointment to this role is subject to the 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. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

30th January 2023 11:00pm AEDT

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