First listed on: 26 October 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ocean-Atmosphere Modelling


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as physical oceanography, atmospheric physics or aerosol-cloud interactions or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to predict the impacts of marine cloud brightening on coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation! 

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system. 

This postdoctoral fellowship will be appointed for two years or full time equivalent, with a third-year available contingent on the extension of external funding. 

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR), the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, is under increasing anthropogenic stresses. The multi-institution Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program ( is investigating GBR-wide scale interventions to improve the future health of the Great Barrier Reef. This role will work within a team of scientists in CSIRO and partner agencies to predict the impacts of marine cloud brightening on coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. This opportunity is based within the Coast and Ocean Research Program of the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit.

The successful applicant will contribute to the development of a coupled atmospheric – ocean – coral bleaching model system. They will conduct simulations of the coupled system on the National Computing Infrastructure and analyse the model output. The atmospheric model is the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator which includes a sophisticated aerosol module. The ocean hydrodynamic – biogeochemical model is the CSIRO Environmental Modelling Suite ( used in the eReefs Project  

By contributing to these goals, you will be an important component in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program’s goal of developing a suite of interventions capable of significantly improving the future health of the Great Barrier Reef.

In this role you will:

  • In collaboration with the CSIRO modelling team, couple existing atmospheric and oceanic models.  
  • Design and analyse numerical experiments to investigate the impact of GBR-wide aerosol injections on ocean temperature and coral bleaching.
  • Design and analyse simulations of reef-scale aerosol injections to support field trials during summer seasons. 
  • Effectively use of High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and technologies for model simulations and analysis of the outputs.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in high impact journals
  • Prepare appropriate conference papers and present the results at conferences 
  • Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research

Location: Hobart, TAS or Melbourne, VIC
Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 78023

About You:

We’re interested in hearing from people who can demonstrate the following:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such physical oceanography, atmospheric physics or aerosol-cloud interactions. 
  • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in the development and/or interpretation of numerical models of the atmosphere and / or ocean and the analysis of large and complex model data sets.
  • Experience in working in a Linux/UNIX computing environment and a high level of programming skills in languages such as FORTRAN, C, Python or MATLAB. 
  • Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences and to policy and decision makers.
  • Demonstrated ability to write peer-reviewed scientific papers, detailed technical reports and/or competitive grant applications.

If you meet the majority of these requirements, please consider applying.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates).

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

26 November 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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