Postdoc. Research Associate in Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)
University of New South Wales, Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)

Postdoc. Research Associate


Job no: 497318

Work type: Fixed term / Full time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

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The Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) is a multi-disciplinary research group comprising one of the largest university research facilities of its kind in Australia. CCRC houses research expertise in the key project areas of atmospheric convection and global climate modelling. The centre also houses expertise in global climate change and extremes of weather and climate. Our oceans program focuses on global ocean thermohaline circulation, water-mass formation, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, western boundary currents, and the ocean carbon cycle. On the land surface we focus on modelling terrestrial processes in climate models, to develop our understanding of the effects of carbon dynamics, hydrology and vegetation processes on climate.


The CCRC is also the host department of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEx). Established in 2017, CLEx is a major initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is an international research consortium of five Australian universities and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organisations. The Centre will improve our understanding of the processes that trigger or enhance extremes and build this understanding into our modelling systems. The improved predictions of climate extremes will enable improvements in how Australia copes with extremes now and in the future.



About the role

  • $76K-$102K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 23 months
  • Full time (35 hours per week)


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work on a new ARC-funded project exploring how vulnerable Australia’s eucalypts are to future droughts. This project will combine data-synthesis, experimental manipulation and modelling to deliver new process-orientated insight into the response of eucalyptus trees to projected changes in the frequency, magnitude and duration of future droughts across Australia. The role will involve process-based model development of the Community Atmosphere-Biosphere Land Exchange model (CABLE), Australia’s land surface model. These developments will include the representation of plant hydraulics and testing novel optimality-based hypotheses relating to lead shedding, leaf cooling and rooting depth.


The role of Postdoctoral Research Associate reports to Dr Martin De Kauwe and has nil direct reports. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also work closely with other project investigators: Professor Patrick Meir (The Australian National University), Associate Professor Lucas Cernusak (James Cook University), Professor Andrew Pitman (The University of New South Wales) and Dr Vanessa Haverd (CSIRO).


.Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research in line with the project’s aims, independently and as part of a team and under the direction of the supervisor.
  • Assist in the supervision of postgraduate or honours students in this project area as opportunities arise.  
  • Collaborate with other postdoctoral fellows on this project or others working on related matters to produce project outcomes.
  • Prepare scientific reports and papers; coordinate research activities; participate in the setting of research directions and any other research activities as required.
  • Maintain a strong focus on communication by interacting with the international research community, publishing in highly ranked journals, and presenting to peers at local and international conferences.
  • Assist in the teaching of undergraduate courses (encouraged).
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.


About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) in vegetation modelling, plant ecophysiology, mathematics, physics, atmospheric science or similar quantitative discipline.
  • Knowledge of plant physiology processes.
  • Significant experience in the use of relevant terrestrial biosphere models.
  • Demonstrated programming/computing skills in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • A willingness to engage in the field experiment is desirable but not essential.
  • Strong research and publication track record (relative to career opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently in a research environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver high quality project outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Ability to attract and retain research funding is desirable.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.


You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Martin De Kauwe

Applications close: August 10th, 2019


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Position Description

Advertised: 11 Jul 2019 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 11 Aug 2019 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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