First listed on: 16 August 2017

Project Scientist - Climate modelling 

  • Join a dynamic group of researchers interested in the climate system
  • Work with internationally recognised scientists in world class facilities
  • Join our team at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The Position

CSIRO has recently committed to fund a 10 year, 15 person project to develop the national capability in multi-year to decadal climate forecasting.  The project will support the fundamental advancement of ocean and atmosphere dynamics, novel ways to assimilation ocean and atmosphere data, development of an ensemble climate prediction system and the applications of the climate forecasts for key stakeholders.
 This position will support the design, developing, debugging and optimising of the ACCESS Earth System Model for application to decadal forecasting.  Understanding of the climate system with experience in complex geophysical model codes is required.  The successful application will join a dynamic group of researchers interested in the climate system and the applications of models to make useful climate forecasts.

Location:     Hobart Tasmania
Salary:         $95K - $103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Indefinite
Reference:  44986

To be successful you will need:

  • A relevant Bachelors/Masters Degree in Mathematics, Physics and/or scientific programming and computational analysis or relevant discipline area.
  • Considerable experience working with FORTRAN code and with MPI applications.
  • Considerable experience developing and debugging large and complex software.
  • Experience in optimising model code to run efficiently on a parallel computing environment.
  • Experience in code development using modern methods (e.g. git) to maintain version control and allow multi-users to develop the code.
  • High level computational programming and analysis skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of numerical methods for scientific computing.
  • Excellent knowledge of computer languages (e.g. Fortran90, Python, Matlab) and netcdf data formats.
  • Proven ability to investigate underlying problems and develop appropriate responses by adapting/creating and testing alternative solutions.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out tasks autonomously in support of scientific research.
  • Demonstrated ability & willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.
  • Ability to effectively manage a number of competing priorities simultaneously, and carry out non-routine tasks independently.

Special requirement: To be eligible for this position you must be willing and able to travel inter-state and occasionally overseas.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Our solutions make a difference to industry, people and the planet.

As Australia’s national science agency, we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for almost 90 years. Today we have thousands of talented people working across Australia and internationally. Our people work closely with industry and communities to leave a lasting legacy. Collectively, our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world.


We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
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CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere research is uniquely placed to deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia and the region. We seek to secure Australia’s future through our seas and skies.
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How to Apply:  Please upload ONE document only that includes your CV/Resume and cover letter, ensuring that you have provided enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details

Applications Close:  10:00pm AEST, 1 October 2017

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