First listed on: 06 June 2023

Coastal Hydrodynamic Modeller


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The Opportunity

  • Join an established team exploring innovative solutions in the Coastal and Oceanic Systems Research Program 
  • Key role for a mid-career Scientist with expertise in Hydrodynamic Modelling 
  • Work with CSIRO Environment and make a difference! 

The role of Research Scientist Staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies. They may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems.  

This position is located in the Coastal Hydrodynamic Modelling (CHM) team who along with the Coastal Biogeochemical Modelling team sit within the Marine Systems Modelling and Informatics group in the Coastal and Oceanic Systems Program of the CSIRO Environment Business Unit.  The two teams develop and apply integrated, multi-disciplinary models, linking hydrodynamics, sediment dynamics and biogeochemical processes, to address a wide range of coastal environmental issues. This group includes experienced physical and biogeochemical / ecological modellers, and strong technical software support. 

The successful candidate will be a hydrodynamic modeller with skills in the development, implementation and interpretation of unstructured hydrodynamic circulation models in waters from estuaries to the upper continental slope.  

This position requires a strong background in understanding and developing numerical methods used in unstructured hydrodynamic models, and application of those models to shelf, coastal and estuarine systems. The successful candidate will be a key member of a multidisciplinary group of scientists working on projects to address environmental management issues in the coastal zone.  

Your duties will include:

  • Incorporate novel approaches to existing or new scientific investigations into unstructured hydrodynamic methods by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas. In particular, contribution to the areas of horizontal and vertical mesh discretization, the numerics of momentum advection and diffusion, and tracer transport are sought.  
  • By direct involvement, and collaboration across disciplines, contribute to the application of unstructured hydrodynamic models to address issues arising in the marine coastal zone. 
  • Be responsible for client liaison, model implementation and calibration and dissemination of model results for existing projects in an independent manner. 
  • The group has developed and operates a sophisticated modelling package (Environmental Modelling Suite, EMS). The appointee will adopt and apply this package and further routine and strategic development in collaboration with other scientists. Also, the appointee will contribute to strategic development of modelling tools and frameworks supporting EMS. 
  • Initiate, manage and execute externally funded projects within imposed time and budget limitations. 
  • Disseminate results through seminars, conferences, reports and scientific publications. 
  • Contribute to meeting mission and business unit objectives as required, or as directed by the Team, Research Group Leader or the Chief. 
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation. 
  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team to undertake independent scientific investigations and carry out associated tasks under the guidance of more senior Research Scientists/Engineers. 
  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Health, Safety and Environment plans and policies, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals. 
  • Other duties as directed. 

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary:  AU$102,724 - $111,165 + up to 15.4% super
Tenure:  Indefinite, Full-time
Reference:  89049

To be considered you will need:

Essential Criteria

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as physical oceanography, applied fluid dynamics or mathematics. Several years of postdoctoral experience, and a demonstrated record of innovative development and implementation of three-dimensional hydrodynamic models to address issues related to coastal, shelf and estuarine circulation. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including a demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, preparation of reports and presentation of the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings. 
  • Demonstrated experience in integrating novel numerical methods into unstructured mesh hydrodynamic models and demonstrated ability in interpreting coastal dynamics from unstructured hydrodynamic model output. 
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems as part of a multi-disciplinary research team or independently. 
  • Demonstrated advanced skills in mathematics, numerical methods and computer programming. Extensive experience with Linux/UNIX-based systems and highly developed programming skills in languages such as C/C++, FORTRAN, Python and MATLAB. 


  • Experience in developing and/or implementing TRiSK numerics in unstructured mesh models. 
  • Working knowledge of unstructured meshing algorithms. 
  • Experience with code optimisation techniques, such as vectorisation or efficient parallelisation via OpenMP/MPI. 
  • In addition to expertise in physical oceanographic modelling, familiarity with other disciplines undertaken in the team such as sediment, carbon chemistry, optical or biogeochemical modelling and data assimilation. 

For full details about this role please review the position description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates. Visa sponsorship will be provided if required.

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

Monday 7th August, 2023  11PM AEDT.

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