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This position is fully funded by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) and the Research Associate will contribute to and benefit from being a part of the CLEX community. The Centre’s research agenda encompasses interconnected research programs focused on Weather and Climate Interactions, Drought, Attribution and Risk, Ocean Extremes and Coupled Modelling. CLEX is a major seven-year initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is led by UNSW Sydney and partners with Monash, The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University and The University of Tasmania alongside a suite of national and international partner organisations. Climate extremes are the confluence of high impact weather and climate variability. The Centre works to improve our understanding of the processes that trigger or enhance extremes and build this understanding into our modelling systems. The improved predictions of climate extremes will help Australia cope with extremes now and in the future.
The Research Associate will contribute to collaborative research into understanding why the drought that affected eastern Australia in 2017-2020 developed and was so impactful. The Research Associate will collaborate on developing the land surface component of the modelling systems used to examine drought.
This position sits within the CLEX drought research team and will collaborate with senior and postdoctoral researchers in that team and other CLEX programs. The position will also contribute to the CLEX modelling team. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes provides a supportive and enriching workplace for its staff and students through its strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing initiatives.
About the role
- $98K - $105K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
- Fixed Term – 3 years
- Full time (35 hours per week)
The Research Associate will report to Professor Jason Evans and has no direct reports.
Specific responsibilities for this role include:
- Conduct research to help understand the 2017-2020 drought independently and as part of a team.
- Resolve selected weaknesses in the land surface model as they relate to land-atmosphere interactions, hydrology, vegetation-water interactions etc.
- Support the Centre’s modelling activities by acting as a point of connection between the drought program and the land science within the modelling program.
- Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national and global conferences.
- Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
- Work collaboratively with other researchers among CLEX universities and partner organisations.
- Engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships.
- With the support of the Centre’s Knowledge Brokerage Team, the Research Associate will communicate relevant aspects of the research undertaken to stakeholders outside academia.
- Contribute to the collegiate life of CLEX such as supporting PhD supervision, committee membership and leading workshops.
- Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
- Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.
About the successful applicant
To be successful in this role you will have:
- PhD in physical climate science, climate modelling, land surface modelling, physical hydrology, boundary layer meteorology, vegetation interactions or similar fields.
- Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, Python, R) including in code management, with continuous integration and testing experience an advantage.
- Strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
- Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
- Demonstrated high level analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, Python).
- Willingness to engage with stakeholders outside of academia (e.g. government agencies, private businesses, NGOs, schools).
- An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
- Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.
You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.
Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.
Applications close: March 28th, 2021
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