First listed on: 14 June 2018

Hydrological Scientist


Under the Federal Government’s New Policy Proposal for Water, the Bureau of Meteorology has been tasked to deliver expanded guidance on Australia’s water information. The Bureau is currently seeking to employ a Hydrological Scientist in the Water Resources Section to be a key contributor in developing, testing and implementing continental forecasting capability using the Bureau's high-resolution distributed hydrological model, AWRA-L. The AWRA-L model underpins operational national retrospective water resource assessment and monitoring through the Bureau's Australian Landscape Water Balance website. This role will support application of AWRA-L in forecast mode for short term (1-10 day forecasts) and/or seasonal timescale forecasts.

We are seeking a talented and motivated hydrological scientist with experience in the development testing and evaluation of distributed hydrological models for forecasting purposes. Experience with continental or global scale hydrological models, high performance computing, bias-correction of hydrological model inputs from climate models, assimilation (e.g. kalman filters) or hydrological forecasting is advantageous. Previous research experience is also an advantage. Well-developed python scripting skills, and demonstrated skill in using IT systems, particularly Linux is highly desirable.

Tasks will include running and evaluating hydrological forecasts in the national distributed hydrological model system, setting up and evaluating an operational multi-variate assimilation capability into the hydrological model, and creation of new automated analysis routines using scripting and coding languages in Python. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in either forecast evaluation and/or data assimilation, passion and expertise in hydrological or related model development, a sound knowledge of python and Linux, is service delivery focused and possess superior collaboration skills. The position may be located in either Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra or Brisbane.

To view the full job details and to obtain further information on our recruitment process and how to apply, refer to our careers website Applications are to be lodged online through the Bureau of Meteorology eRecruit system by the closing date.

Please read the selection documentation and if you have any queries please contact Chantal Donnelly on (02) 6232 3549 or email



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