Senior Research Associate – Short Duration Extreme Precipitation



The Research Associate (Level A) will conduct research to better understand processes that lead to short duration extreme precipitation, their relationship to large-scale weather systems and how they will change in the future as the climate changes. This work will involve a combination of high-performance numerical modelling at very high resolutions (1km to 100m) and analysis of observations, including the use of weather radars.

The associate will work at the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, a centre focused on physical climate science including studies of the atmosphere, ocean and land system.

This position is fully funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Weather of the 21st Century. The incumbent will contribute to and benefit from being a part of a supportive and vibrant Centre community which offers unparalleled networking and professional development opportunities.

The Centre is a major seven-year initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. It is a consortium of 24 partners led by Monash University in partnership with The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, The Australian National University, and the University of Tasmania.

The Centre’s team-based research is focused on how Australia’s weather is being reshaped by climate change. The Centre conducts blue-sky research with real-world applications for communities, industry and government. The research program is made up of six integrated Centre Projects: Weather System Dynamics; Sea Surface Temperatures, Modes of Variability and Weather Systems; Weather Systems in a Warmer World; Weather Resources; High-Impact Weather; and Model Development and Applications.

This position forms an integral part of the Centre Project: High-Impact Weather.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research in line with the project’s aims independently and under limited direction of the supervisor.
  • Work collaboratively with other researchers among 21st Century Weather universities and partner organisations including attendance at meetings associated with the research.
  • 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 in the preparation of proposals and submissions to external funding bodies.
  • Undertake tasks in relation to project management and project reporting as required.
  • Contribute independently and as a team member to the collegiate life of 21st Century Weather and the Climate Change Research Centre such as assisting with the supervision of PhD students, committee memberships, participating in workshops, etc.
  • 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:
(Selection Criteria)

  • A PhD, held or pending in climate/atmospheric science, physics or other relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
  • Evidence of high level analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Evidence of the use of climate/atmospheric models is desirable
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, Python).
  • 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.

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Jason Evans

Applications close: March 21st, 2024

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