First listed on: 02 February 2023

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Research


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in meteorology, oceanography, or climatology?
  • Want to conduct world-class research with a team of dedicated scientists?
  • 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 position requires the CERC Fellow to target on the regional impacts of the South Pacific convergence zone (SPCZ) and their definitive change over the next decades.

The successful candidate will build deep understanding in variability and regional impacts of the SPCZ, with climate projection capability to deliver more definitive projected changes in the SPCZ under different CO2 emission scenarios, particularly under Paris Agreement.

Your duties will include:

  • Identifying key factors dominating the SPCZ variations including its extreme swings.
  • Using outputs from all climate models participating in the CMIP6 to examine the response of SPCZ variability and the identified key factors to different future emission scenarios.
  • Conducting sensitivity experiment to quantify the swings of the SPCZ and the sensitivity of the Pacific climate in response to variations of the SPCZ.
  • Reducing the uncertainty in the projected changes in the SPCZ under different emission scenarios.
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.  

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Salary: AU$92k - AU$101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 90711

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as meteorology, oceanography, climatology, or similar. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Well-developed knowledge of tropical variability and associated air-sea feedbacks (e.g., ENSO, and the IOD).
  • Well-developed knowledge of the SPCZ associated dynamics.
  • Experience in modelling, e.g., pacemaker and sensitivity experiments. 

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident, or either hold or be able to obtain a valid working visa (visa sponsorship may be offered to the successful candidate if required).

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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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

16 March 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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