Australia nationals: Hydroclimate Scientist

Australia Bureau of Meteorology

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

The Bureau’s Research Program sits in the Science and Innovation Group and is the main driver of science-based innovation in the Bureau of Meteorology. In supporting the Bureau to deliver impactful weather, climate, ocean and water information services, the research contributes to advancing meteorological and earth system sciences in Australia and globally. Research activities cover the broad fields of weather, climate, oceanography, earth systems modelling, data set development, process studies, and application development.

The Hydrology Science Section of the Bureau’s Research Program is seeking an outstanding scientist to conduct research to improve our understanding of extreme hydrological events, e.g. droughts and floods, via tracking of moisture from land, atmosphere and oceans, including their historical predictands and future projections. In particular, the role will focus on land-atmosphere coupling evaluation and enhancements from a land surface model perspective. You will be a member of a team that contributes to research with a key focus on ensuring Australians are able to respond to current and future natural hazards and associated disasters, as part of improving national Climate and Disaster Resilience.

You will conduct research, both independently and under guidance, and analyse observational data and extremely large data sets based on output from earth system models and reanalyses using a variety of sophisticated statistical and physical techniques.

You will need to have:

  • A very good understanding of extreme weather and hydrological events and the physical processes that cause them in the Australian region and beyond. This includes knowledge of major hazard types such as extreme temperatures, rainfall, droughts and floods as well as the factors influencing Australian hydroclimate including naturally occurring climate variability and human induced climate change, as well as a comprehensive understanding of land surface modelling, in particular, land-atmosphere interactions.
  • Flexibility to work effectively and productively as a member of a team under the direction of more senior scientists, and an ability to plan and undertake research and to publish research results.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including the ability to write science papers, work plans, present work orally, and translate science outcomes in ways which can be understood by non-expert audiences.
  • Excellent analytical and scientific programming skills, including extensive experience with LINUX (preferably in a high-performance computing environment), and with scientific and visualisation languages including Python.

The role will involve close collaboration with scientific and technical staff across the Research Program, and with other Bureau employees and external stakeholders. Experience in liaising effectively with external stakeholders is an advantage.

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