Climate variability

Climate Variability Research Fellow job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parcville

Role type: Full time; Determined time

Faculty: Faculty of Sciences

Department/School: School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 per year (pro-rated for part-timers) plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and honor the traditional owners of the lands on which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We recognize that the land on which we meet and learn was the site of centuries-old ceremonies, celebration, initiation and renewal, and that local Indigenous peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the lives of these lands.

About the Faculty of Science

Science at the University of Melbourne is the highest ranked science faculty in Australia. The science is defined by its research excellence in the physical and life sciences and is at the forefront of research addressing major societal issues, from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

We have over 150 years of experience in pioneering scientific thinking and analysis, leading to exceptional teaching and learning and offer a curriculum based on highly relevant research, which enables our STEM students and graduates to understand and to solve complexities that impact real-world problems and tomorrow’s challenges.

About the role

We invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in researching climate variability and extremes in climate model observations and simulations, with a focus on the northern Australian monsoon. We are looking for a highly qualified candidate with strong quantitative skills and an excellent understanding of climate processes. You will contribute to the National Environmental Science Program Climate Systems Hub project on Extreme Events Explained, which aims to provide context and understanding of the evolution of Australian climate extremes. Your work will help improve climate projections and the understanding of climate extremes to help a range of stakeholders.

The position is located within the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne, supervised by Dr Josephine Brown in collaboration with Dr Sugata Narsey from the Bureau of Meteorology. Candidates looking for part-time or flexible working hours are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct supervised research to meet the objectives of the NESP Extreme Events Explained project, with a focus on historical and future variability in Australia’s northern monsoon rainfall
  • Communicate research findings by publishing in highly rated journals, presenting at relevant conferences, and developing plain English summaries and case studies
  • Contribute to the co-design and co-production of research projects through interaction with stakeholders during the research process
  • Participate in NESP events and attend relevant conferences, workshops and seminars

About you

You will possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English and have the ability to publish in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. You will also have excellent organizational skills to meet deadlines and complete projects on time. Experience in setting up and running global climate model simulations as well as working with relevant government or industry stakeholders is desirable but not essential.

You will also have:

  • Completion (or near completion) of a PhD in atmospheric science or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate variability and climate change science
  • Strong computational skills in a programming environment such as Python, Matlab or R
  • Ability to work in a team and independently to meet project milestones

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

Benefits of working with us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and meet challenges, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our employees enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages, people with disabilities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, resume, and responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

^For information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

We are committed to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected].

Job Description : 0057176_Researcher in climate variability_PD.pdf

Closing of applications: October 27, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time