Come and work with us! We have several post-doctoral research associate positions currently available across our university nodes. 

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) 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 which spans five leading Australian universities. At CELX, we provide a supportive and enriching workplace for our staff and students through a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing initiatives. Our Researcher Development Program provides development opportunities to enhance your scientific capability, communication skills, leadership development and engagement beyond academia.

Applicants who don’t currently hold the right to live and work in Australia are advised to speak to the HR contact noted on position descriptions for advice on eligibility to apply. Australia’s borders are currently closed to most non-residents – with some possible exemptions. Strict quarantine measures are in place for those who are eligible to enter Australia. We require successful applicants to take up their positions no later than January 1, 2022, meaning that visa logistics and travel timelines may be challenging.

You can find out more about the positions below.

ANU

CLEX (ANU hub) Postdoctoral Fellow/ Research Fellow 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. This position aims to bring a paleoclimate-informed perspective to a past, present and future assessment of drought and fire-weather extremes in Australia. This will contribute to the Drought program goal of understanding “what determines the onset, persistence and termination of drought”. Full details hereApplications close: March 26.

CLEX (ANU hub) Postdoctoral Fellow/ Research Fellow Coupled Modelling: This position sits within the CLEX coupled modelling research team and will collaborate with senior and postdoctoral researchers in that team and other CLEX programs. This position aims to conduct new research into coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics using a newly developed version of Australia’s ACCESS-CM2 climate model, which will include a high-resolution ocean-sea ice component; and to interface with other research programs within CLEX to facilitate uptake of the model. Full details hereApplications close: March 26.

The University of Melbourne

CLEX (The University of Melbourne hub) Climate models: This is a three-year postdoctoral position focused on improving projected changes in climate extremes by better utilising and combining the information available in climate model ensembles and histories of observed states. We seek a highly motivated and qualified candidate with a PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Meteorology, Oceanography, Statistics or another relevant field. The successful candidate’s post-doctoral research will focus on:

  1. Improving the accuracy of projections of changes in extreme event frequencies using CMIPx ensembles and historical observations.
  2. Liaising with government and private industry to identify climate/weather extremes likely to have a high socio-economic impact.
  3. Building international collaboration to compare the accuracy of differing methods of using historical observations to improve climate projections.

Full details here. Applications close: 11.55pm (AEST). April 11, 2021.

CLEX (The University of Melbourne hub) Research Fellow Tropical Weather and Climate Interactions: This is a three-year postdoctoral position focused on Weather and Climate interactions and impacts on heavy rainfall in Tropical Australia. We seek a highly qualified and motivated candidate with experience in tropical meteorology and numerical modelling. You will use observed and simulated data to establish the variability and co-variability of large-scale climate modes, and the signature of this variability on tropical rainfall in Australia and neighbouring regions. The goals of the research will be to establish the statistics of rainfall variability in current and future climates, and to improve our understanding of the key processes that link tropical rainfall to large-scale climate modes. This position is physically located within The University of Melbourne’s School of Earth Sciences and fully funded by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX). The successful applicant must have the right to live and work in Australia. Candidates seeking flexible or part-time work arrangements are encouraged to apply.
Full details here. Applications close: 11.55pm, April 13.

CLEX (The University of Melbourne hub) Research Fellow Mesoscale Modelling and Dynamics of Fronts :This is a three-year postdoctoral position focused on the mesoscale dynamics of fronts. We seek a highly qualified and motivated candidate with experience in numerical modelling and mesoscale atmospheric dynamics. You will use convection-permitting simulations to examine the mechanisms governing Australian fronts, with application to fire weather and extreme rainfall. This includes an approach that combines high-resolution modelling and observations, with the primary goals of improving our understanding of the key processes, and using this understanding to evaluate a hierarchy of weather and climate models. The successful applicant must have the right to live and work in Australia. Candidates seeking flexible or part-time work arrangements are encouraged to apply.
Full details here. Applications close: 11.55pm, April 16.

UNSW

CLEX (UNSW Hub) Research Associate Drought: 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. Position 501315. Full details here. Applications close: March 26.

CLEX (UNSW Hub) Research Associate Attribution and Risk 1: The Research Associate will contribute to collaborative research improving the representation of climate extremes simulated by coarse-scale climate models. Machine learning techniques will be used to establish a statistical characterisation of extreme events in high-resolution simulations using coarse-scale simulation variables as predictors. This position sits within the CLEX Attribution and Risk 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 atmospheric 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. The ARC Centre of Excellence will also support the successful candidate in how best to engage beyond academia. Position 501316. Full details here. Applications close: March 26.

CLEX (UNSW Hub) Research Associate Attribution and Risk 2: The Research Associate will contribute to collaborative research to better understand and ameliorate extremes-relevant physics errors in 10-50 km-resolution versions of the ACCESS atmosphere model, using machine learning and related approaches applied to higher-resolution simulations. This position sits within the CLEX Attribution and Risk 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 atmospheric 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. The ARC Centre of Excellence will also support the successful candidate in how best to engage beyond academia. (position 501318). Full details here. Applications close: March 28.

CLEX (UNSW Hub) Research Associate Attribution and Risk 3: The Research Associate will contribute to collaborative research into understanding drought processes in Australia related to variability in the tropical oceans. The project aims to investigate whether and how climate drivers, such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation, affect the onset, persistence, and termination of multi-year droughts, and examine how such influences will change in a warmer future. The Research Associate is expected to conduct numerical experiments using global climate models in a variety of configurations to understand the relative roles of forced versus internal variability for droughts in Australia. This position sits within the CLEX Attribution and Risk 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 atmospheric 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. The ARC Centre of Excellence will also support the successful candidate in how best to engage beyond academia. (position 501319). Full details here. Applications close: March 28.