3-yr full-time Postdoctoral position in subsurface marine heatwaves at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Research Associate - Climate


More information: Lifting the Lid on Marine Heatwaves

Job no: 514067 Work type: full time Location: Sydney, NSW Categories: Post Doctoral Research Associate

The Research Associate will contribute to an ARC-funded research project on marine heatwaves. Marine heatwaves routinely cause major ecosystem damage potentially affecting valuable industries. The aim of this project is to extend our understanding to the workings of temperature extremes hidden below the ocean surface and how other concurrent ocean and terrestrial extremes interact with these marine heatwaves. The project will generate significant new knowledge around the mechanisms driving subsurface heatwaves and how they interact with biogeochemical extremes.

This project has two primary aims: 1) To characterize different types of subsurface MHWs, address how they are formed, quantify if they persist beyond the life of their visible surface signature, and examine how the subsurface ocean state prior to a MHW may provide a means to better predict these extreme events, and 2) examine the co-occurrence of compound temperature and biogeochemical extreme events, how prevalent they are, and how they interact. The Research Associate may work on either of both areas depending on their research interests.

About the role

Level A - $100K - $107K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading Level B - $112k - $132k - plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading Fixed Term – 3 years Full-time (35 hours per week)

This position reports to Future Fellow, A/Prof Alex Sen Gupta and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include: LEVEL A:

Carry out research into the mechanisms driving subsurface heatwaves and how they interact with biogeochemical extremes Analyse large observational, reanalysis and model climate datasets Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national and global conferences Work collaboratively with other researchers in the team and in other groups as applicable to the project Contribute to CCRC academic activities such as student co-supervision, committee membership, leading workshops, etc Provide a limited amount of teaching support, including marking, demonstration and lecturing Report regularly on progress and outputs as stipulated by the project leader 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.

LEVEL B: (in addition to the above)

More significantly contribute to the project and lead areas of the project where the opportunity arises Assume leadership roles within collegiate life of the Centre such as chairing committees, leading sub-projects, organising workshops, etc Generate new research ideas which may lead to new competitive funding applications Create a scholarly impact in the discipline which is recognised by peers in advancement of disciplinary knowledge Assume greater responsibility for supervision of PhD and honours projects

About the successful applicant (Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

LEVEL A: PhD in physical climate science, physical/biogeochemical oceanography High level analytical and problem-solving skills Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g., Python, Matlab, bash) Excellent verbal and written communication skills Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team Strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary 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

LEVEL B: (in addition to the above) Demonstrated experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in a highly relevant field Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and postgraduate research students 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.

Contact: Alex Sen Gupta E: a.sengupta@unsw.edu.au

Applications close: January 17th, 2023