First listed on: 24 September 2018

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Regional Atmospheric Inversions

  • Do you have a keen interest in climate science?
  • Like to work with a team of international leaders in inverse modelling and atmospheric observation?
  • Join the Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry group for this exciting postdoctoral fellowship

The Position:

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years or part time equivalent and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

The successful applicant will join a team of international leaders in inverse modelling and atmospheric observation. They will utilize information contained in atmospheric methane concentrations for Australia from several observational platforms to estimate methane emissions at the regional scale (domains of up to hundreds of kilometres) for uncertain sectors such as fugitive emissions from unconventional gas (coal seam gas and fracking), wetlands, waste-water treatment and reticulated gas. This will involve using an atmospheric transport model and probabilistic inference.

The role sits within the Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry Group in CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre. The successful candidate will be someone who wants to work in a team, has keen interest in climate science and a strong drive to deliver science in support of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Develop and apply state-of-the-art regional inversion methodology to estimate methane emissions for chosen regions within Australia.
  • Compare estimated emissions with bottom-up estimates where available, assess the potential for mitigation where appropriate and assess vulnerability to climate change where possible (e.g. wetlands).
  • Develop a network design tool for selection of future monitoring sites and observation types for regional source monitoring applications.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.

Location: Aspendale, Victoria
Salary: $82k to $93k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of up to 3 years
Job ref: 58574

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as mathematicsphysics or earth sciencesPlease note:To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
  • Demonstrated skills in high-level language computer programming, and familiarity with command-language scripting in Unix or Linux environments.
  • Strong mathematical background, with experience in earth system and/or inverse modelling.
  • Strong interest and understanding of atmospheric composition, greenhouse gas emissions, atmospheric transport and/or inversion methodology.

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

About Us

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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. Find out more Balance

How to Apply: Please provide enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the assessment panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter.  

Applications Close: 10:59pm AEDT, 31 October 2018.

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