Hydroclimate Modeller

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

The Opportunity

  • Study climate impacts on hydrology and adaptation in the water resources and related sectors and make scientific advancements at the interface of climate and water
  • Carry out hydrological modelling research on the impacts of climate variability and change on water and the associated flow-on impacts to agriculture, society and the environment
  • Collaborative, inclusive and flexible workplace – hybrid work arrangements offered

CSIRO is Australia’s National Science Agency and is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We deliver world-class science and outcome-focused research that generates economic, environmental, and social benefits for Australia in a global context. We have improved the lives of many around the world through our research and developments including WiFi, the Hendra virus vaccine, polymer banknotes, extended wear contact lenses, Aerogard and the Total Wellbeing Diet.

CSIRO’s Environment Business Unit brings together our capabilities in marine, atmospheric, water and terrestrial environment disciplines, as well as significant social and economic research, to align and support the nation in creating a better and more sustainable future. Our research examines the increasing pressures facing our natural and built environments from the combined effects of climate change, extreme events, non-sustainable use of natural resources and legacy activities.

As a Hydroclimate Modeller in the Environment business unit, you will contribute to research into climate impacts on hydrology and adaptation in the water resources and related sectors, particularly across southeast Australia. You will make scientific advancements in multi-disciplinary research, particularly at the interface of climate and water, and be expected to carry out hydrological modelling research on the impacts of climate variability and change on water and the associated flow-on impacts to agriculture, society and the environment. You will work on a range of externally funded client projects, as well as on strategic hydroclimate projects and initiatives.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the supervision of senior researchers, assist in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Undertake hydroclimate research and hydrological modelling across river basins under historical and future climate and land use change scenarios.
  • Represent CSIRO externally, including in public forums, with industry, the research sector and with State and Federal Government.
  • Work closely with industry and government clients to ensure delivery of research outcomes and guidelines for adoption.
  • Communicate research outcomes to scientific and industry forums through scientific publications, reports and presentations.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team to carry out research in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives and to deliver to external client projects.

Location:  Canberra preferred, Melbourne may also be considered

Salary:  AU$105k – AU$115k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Indefinite

Reference:  88842

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD in hydrology or related field, with proven experience in hydroclimate and hydrological modelling research.
  2. Demonstrated programming and spatial analysis skills to carry out analysis of large datasets as applied to research problems in hydroclimate and/or water resources.
  3. Demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers.
  4. Strong oral communication skills including ability to make scientific presentations to audiences with scientific and non-scientific background.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team in order to meet deadlines and respond productively to changing requirements.
  6. Research application in Australia and knowledge of key water resources issues in Australia is desirable.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to all candidates (visa sponsorship may be provided 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

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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.






IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development