Research Fellow in Atmospheric Composition Modelling

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Apr 27, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0055858
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time or Part time (0.5 FTE and above) available; Fixed-term until 31 Dec 2023
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super (PhD entry level $95,179 p.a.)

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About the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences investigates a broad range of sciences - from the geosciences, to meteorology and climate science, to the study of urban, built and natural environments and the societies they contribute to. The School operates a comprehensive programme of Tertiary Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and undertakes extensive research programs of fundamental and applied significance.

The School is also involved in a number of major national initiatives, including the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (, and has strong links with the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. The appointee will benefit from the active research environment provided by the School.

About the Role
We seek a highly qualified and motivated candidate with experience in atmospheric chemistry / climate science to undertake a postdoctoral position focused on composition-aerosol-climate interactions over the Great Barrier Reef. The appointee will perform numerical simulations with the WRF-Chem model to understand how atmospheric composition, oxidation processes and aerosol formation processes over the Great Barrier Reef, including the relationships to coral bleaching events, affect the regional climate. Previous experience with atmospheric chemistry modelling using high performance computing for the interpretation of observational remote sensing atmospheric aerosol / composition data is essential. The applicant will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork, an ability to work well on sea country and within a team, with strong communication skills will be an advantage. Applicants with prior experience in biogeochemical modelling or observations using Lidar and/or UV/Vis spectroscopy instrumentation will be highly regarded.

The position is located within The University of Melbourne’s School of Geography, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. The appointee will be supervised by A/Prof. Robyn Schofield and Dr. Yi Huang, and collaborate with researchers at Southern Cross University and CSIRO. Candidates seeking flexible or part-time work arrangements are encouraged to apply.

In a typical week at work, you may:

About You
You are an emerging researcher with capacity to publish in high-quality, peer reviewed journals, along with a strong publication history in relevant areas commensurate with experience. Your excellent interpersonal skills allow you to work cooperatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary research-based team where you will liaise with people from diverse background. Your strong organisation and time management skills make juggling competing demands a simple tasks, ensuring all are completed on time as planned.

Ideally, you will further have:

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