First listed on: 18 December 2022

Climate Research Scientist


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The Opportunity

  • Lead research programs to better understand the causes and drivers of variability in weather and climate hazards
  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency! Make an impact on all Australians

The Climate Research Scientist will lead research on climate hazards such as storms, heatwaves, bushfires, and drought, and utilise the research to better prepare for the impacts of climate hazards.  The position will conduct process-based evaluations of key climate hazards in observations and climate models.  They will perform verification and assessment of hazard indices in climate forecast products, which in turn will guide how hazard products are provided to clients.  The role requires an understanding of atmospheric dynamics with good analytical, statistical, and programming skills to develop and apply fit-for-purpose weather and climate hazard indices.  
In this role, you will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. You will provide critical assessment of key climate risks for Australia. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of meaningful research into a highly topical subject, for the benefit of all Australians.

Your duties will include:

  • Working with colleagues in CSIRO and partner agencies to identify and define key weather and climate hazards needed for climate risk assessments
  • Developing, leading, and instigating research programs to better understand the causes and drivers of variability in key weather and climate hazards
  • Providing leadership on the evaluation and verification of climate hazard indices in large ensemble climate simulations
  • Developing and running workflows for the provision of fit-for-purpose climate hazard information for climate risk assessments
  • Developing new hazard products for emerging weather and climate risk applications
  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation. 
  • Drawing on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience to recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines. 

Location: Hobart, Tasmania preferred
Salary: AU$105k – AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation 
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 90903

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as meteorology, climatology, mathematics, engineering, statistics, or physics.
  2. Understanding of the drivers of climate variability and extremes, and weather and climate principles.
  3. Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  4. Ability and desire to work in a collaborative and team environment to advance the research
  5. A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  6. Programming skills and experience, preferably in python, R, or matlab.
  7. Solid writing and communication skills with the ability to present their research to diverse audiences.

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.

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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

30th January 2023 11:00pm AEDT

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