Research Associate in Mathematics and Statistics
University of New South Wales School of Mathematics and Statistics

Research Associate

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating with & learning from the best

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The School of Mathematics and Statistics currently has more than sixty continuing academic staff and more than thirty research staff as well as visiting academics.  Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW has been ranked number one in Australia for each of the past six years and has particular strengths in Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Optimization, Computation, Analysis, Data Science, Statistical Applications, Statistical Analysis and Methods. In addition, the School has strong links with the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre.

The Research Associate will undertake scientific research under the auspices of the ARC-funded Discovery Project entitled: “The ocean’s biological pump: innovative models and diagnostics to reveal the effects of environmental change”.

The core of this project is to develop mathematical models of the ocean’s biological pump (carbon, nutrient, and oxygen cycles), numerically embed these models into global ocean circulations using transport matrices, optimize biogeochemical parameters, and use and construct matrices for different ocean states to assess the effects of environmental change on the biological pump. 

About the role

  • Level A - $98K - $105K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • The position is initially offered for a 1-year fixed term, with the expectation of renewal for a 2nd year subject to performance, and the possibility of extension into a 3rd year subject to availability of funds.
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Research Associate will report to A/Prof Mark Holzer and has no direct reports. The project team includes Prof Bindoff (UTas), Dr Matear (CSIRO), and Prof Primeau (UCI), providing excellent opportunities for national and international collaboration.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct original research in the area of global ocean biogeochemical cycles as part of the project team, including leading some areas of the project where the opportunity arises and where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers for international journals.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project objectives.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • 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
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in applied mathematics, physics, oceanography, or a closely allied field with experience in model development, model analysis, and numerical methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently with limited supervision and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver high-quality project outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated high-level analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A significant track record of high-quality research publications (relative to career opportunity).
  • Matlab proficiency and experience with general circulation modelling is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with the research team.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • 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.

Mark Holzer


Applications close: May 7th, 2021 

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Advertised: 09 Apr 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 07 May 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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