Two positions in Australia

Two positions in Australia

  • A Research Scientist – Hydrologist position at CSIRO Land and Water in Canberra.
  • A PhD opportunity at the University of Queensland

CSIRO Land and Water Research Scientist

CSIRO Land and Water is seeking a motivated Research Scientist – Hydrologist to join the Water Security Program.  To be successful, you will need experience in hydrological process modelling, river system modelling and remote sensing applications in hydrology and experience in programming and working with large data sets. To apply, please go to

PhD project at the University of Queensland

The Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory at the University of Queensland, Australia seeks a PhD student to work on an exciting new project: forecasting ecosystem responses to environmental change

There is a growing consensus that using models to anticipate the future is vital to mitigate the impacts of environmental change on ecosystems. Yet most ecological models are one-off attempts to predict what ecosystems might be like in many years or decades. This makes it hard for decision-makers to use these models. It also favours models that are not easily scrutinised and improved. A new international study will use an iterative cycle to 1) forecast how species occurrences and abundances will change over short timescales; 2) use predictions to inspect model failures and 3) improve models so that we can continue to learn. This represents a new way of thinking in ecology that, like weather forecasting, has the power to advance our understanding of ecological processes.

The PhD project

The candidate will work within a vibrant team of quantitative ecologists and spatio-temporal modellers to tackle two major questions in ecological modelling:

(1) When can multivariate models improve forecasts of species distributions, abundances and biodiversity compared to simpler models?
(2) What aspects of models and data control forecast uncertainty across space and time?

Benefits of the project

The student will be based at The University of Queensland within the School of Veterinary Science, supervised by Dr. Nicholas Clark and A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães. The candidate will work with a diverse group of international researchers, including Dr Konstans Wells (Swansea University, UK), Prof Ethan White (University of Florida, USA) and A/Prof Wenbiao Hu (Queensland University of Technology). Additional support will be given by partners at the Ecological Forecasting Initiative and the Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory, including assistance in computer-based data analysis, model building and scientific communication. The selected student will have the opportunity to work with all partners on this project but will be based at UQ.

This project will help develop the candidate’s skills in critical thinking, project management, data management and analysis, writing and communication. Expected applications of the project are incredibly diverse, meaning the student will be well prepared for a future career in research or with government and non-government land management, biosecurity or conservation agencies.

This PhD scholarship is funded by the University of Queensland, providing a tax-free PhD stipend and full tuition fee support. The scholarship is for three years, with two possible six-month extensions. Funds are also available for the student to attend scientific conferences and workshops.

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

Competitive applicants should have

-A BSc with First Class Honours or Masters degree in ecology or statistics
-A strong interest in ecological modelling, time series analysis or conservation science
-Excellent time and data management and interpersonal skills
-Evidence of well-developed verbal and written communication skills

Desirable characteristics

-Publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
-Experience with stochastic data simulation and analysis
-Knowledge of script-based statistical languages such as R or Python

How to enquire

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please contact Dr. Nicholas Clark at The expression of interest should include a cover letter and CV including names and contact details of 3 referees (2 pages max) and an academic transcript. Short-list applicants will be interviewed (via video conferencing if necessary) to better determine the applicant’s fit, motivations and capabilities.

COVID-19 information

With current travel bans extending the timeframe for international applicants to commence, UQ will only accept on-shore (domestic and international students residing in Australia) applicants for this scholarship. If the commencing candidate is onshore but interstate, they will be required to come to Queensland to begin.

Expressions of interest will close 14th June 2021

Postdoc in Quantitative Modeling of kelp to inform restoration

The Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara seeks a highly-motivated postdoctoral research associate. The position will focus on quantitative modeling of kelp forest dynamics to inform kelp restoration in the state of California.

The postdoctoral research associate will be based in Santa Barbara, California but remote work is possible while COVID-related shutdowns remain in place. The position will work on a recently funded project that seeks to inform kelp restoration across the state of California. Utilizing extensive data (kelp forest surveys, oceanographic and benthic habitat) available from diverse sources across the state, the Postdoc will build statistical models to identify key ecological, oceanographic and management drivers of kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera and Nereocystis leutkeana) persistence or recovery at the scales of the entire state. Modeling will include but not be limited to generalized linear models, generalized additive models, and may include Bayesian approaches or machine learning. The candidate will also have experience with species distribution modeling. The region-specific, species-specific results from the modeling will serve to highlight places, times and techniques that stand the best chance of success for kelp restoration in California. The Postdoc will lead the development of a written and graphical restoration guide for use by managers, restoration practitioners, and funders. A background in coastal marine ecology is beneficial but not necessary.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation in ecology, marine biology, applied statistics, ecological modeling, or closely related discipline at time of application.

Additional Qualifications: PhD (or equivalent) in ecology, marine biology, applied statistics, ecological modeling, or closely related discipline by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have advanced skills in data analysis, statistics, scientific coding/programming, and other quantitative methods. Experience with statistical analysis of spatial and temporal data (e.g. generalized linear models, generalized additive models, Bayesian approaches, machine learning), and species distribution modeling. Coding experience in R or equivalent programming language. Familiarity with spatial or geographic analyses. Demonstrated strong writing skills are required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. A track record of talks and peer-reviewed publications appropriate to career stage. Familiarity with code repositories such as Github. Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO and government partners, and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team.

The position start date is as soon as possible. This is a two year position. Start date is flexible and ideally no later than August 30, 2021. Salary is competitive, commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications. Postdoctoral benefits are included (

Applicants should submit a CV, a short (1-2 page) statement of research experience and interests related to the project, PDF copies of up to two relevant publications (optional) preferably those that demonstrate statistical modelling examples, and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three references to:

For primary consideration apply by April 30, 2021

Position will remain open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to this position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Two positions in Italy

Two positions:

  • A PhD in Water, energy and food nexus modelling and decision-making across scales at Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • A Postdoctoral Fellowship in AI-enhanced climate services at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy

PhD position at Politecnico di Milano

The Environmental Intelligence for Global Change Lab at Politecnico di Milano invites applications for 1 PhD position (36 months) on “Water, energy and food nexus modelling and decision-making across scales.”

The research will focus on:
– Integrating Impact Assessment Models (e.g. GCAM, RICE) and river basin operational model in complex transboundary contexts.
– Developing a robust decision-analytic making framework to assess the local impact of global policies.
– Analysing potential policy feedbacks across scales.

Qualifications for this position include a M.Sc. in water resources engineering, or a related field of environmental engineering. Alternatively, candidates with a background in computer and/or automation engineering, artificial intelligence, applied mathematics or related fields are also encouraged to apply. Strong numerical and computational skills are required as well as English language skills both in oral and written communication.

This post is part of the EU PRIMA project AWESOME “Managing Water, Ecosystems and Food across sectors and scales in the South Mediterranean.”

The application package must include CV, list of publications, and the name of two references. Deadline for the package submission:  15 April 2021.

The application and any informal enquiries must be sent to

Postdoc position at European Joint research Centre, Italy

Dear colleague

There is an interesting opportunity to join my about to start JRC project on AI-enhanced climate services. The available post-doc position is at JRC Ispra (Italy) for 2 years.

If you know anybody interested please share this information. 

To get more details and to apply:

Code: 2021-IPR-A5001-FGIV-016650 – ISPRA


Deadline: 14 April

Andrea Toreti, PhD
European Commission
Joint Research Centre

Open Tenure Track Professorship in Environmental and Resource Economics at University of Leipzig, Germany

an open assistant professorship (tenure track) in Environmental and Resource Economics:

4-yr post-doc in kelp ecology (IMR Norway)

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) offers a 4-year postdoctoral position as part of IMR’s strategic initiative to build a strong center for coastal and blue forest research within one of Europe’s largest marine research institutes. We seek a marine biologist with relevant experience and publication records within kelp forest ecosystem ecology to further explore blue carbon, regime shifts and restoration, and Arctic kelp forests in a changing environment. Knowledge about Norwegian and Arctic coastal ecosystems and scientific working diver certification are advantages. The postdoctoral researcher will work with a team of outstanding researchers and research technicians and we offer the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary and ambitious research center at IMR Flødevigen Research Station and the research group Benthic Communities.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Lead and support research activities at IMR supporting the Norwegian blue forest network (, especially the fate of blue carbon
  • Lead and support Arctic kelp research and activities on kelp forest restoration
  • Participate in national and international research applications and projects
  • Science communication and writing, including outreach, presentations, reports, research publications and grant proposals
  • Participate in cruises, field and lab work in connection with research, monitoring and experimental investigations, including scientific diving.

Required qualifications

  • PhD in marine biology or similar
  • Knowledge of kelp forest ecosystem ecology
  • Experience with numerical and statistical analyses
  • Published records in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with field activities, including scientific diving

We will emphasize

  • Research experience in blue carbon and blue forest ecology
  • Climate change and restoration related research
  • Skills in analytical software like R Primer and GIS, and methods for mixed models, and time and gradient analyses   
  • Knowledge and experience with Norwegian and Arctic kelp ecosystems
  • Experience with field work and experimental design
  • Scientific working diver certificate and experience
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Good written and oral skills in Norwegian and English

The working language at IMR is Norwegian, and good communication skills in Norwegian will be beneficial for both the applicant and IMR. The candidate should have a working knowledge of the Norwegian language (B1 level or similar documented level of fluency), or willingness to develop this proficiency during the employment period. Language training will be offered to candidates without documented B1 level.

Personal competencies

At the IMR we believe that personality affects how we work, communicate and thrive in the work place. For this position we are interested in candidates who

  • Thrives well in collaboration with others and at the same time works independently
  • Work structured and deliver with high quality
  • Solution-oriented, attentive and flexible
  • Are concerned about a good working environment
  • Likes to paticipate in cruises and field work

Inclusion, Diversity and Affirmative Action

The Institute of Marine Research value diversity. Therefore, we welcome all qualified candidates to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, functional ability, nationality or ethnical background. We are an Inclusive Working Life Enterprise, and we aim to facilitate for applicants with disabilities.

Upon receiving applications from candidates with reduced abilities, gaps in CV or immigrant background, we will invite at least one qualified candidate from each category to an interview. In order to be considered for affirmative action, certain requirements should be met. Please read more here.

If you wish to be considered for affirmative action, please specify when submitting your application.

We offer 

  • Work at one of Europe’s leading marine research institutions with extensive national and international contacts
  • A challenging, creative, and international working environment
  • Cutting edge projects in a strong scientific environment
  • Flexible working hours, good pensions and welfare schemes

Additional information

The Institute of Marine Research offers a government-regulated salary as 1352 postdoctor, an excellent pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, and other welfare benefits (see for more information).

Applications should be submitted electronically via the link on this page and should be accompanied by a cover letter summarizing relevant skills and reasons why they are applying for the position, a complete CV, publication list, copies of maximum 5 peer reviewed publications, three references and transcripts of academic degrees.

Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be exempted from the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified about this in advance.

For more information about the position, please contact Frithof Moy by

  • Phone: +47 478 00 024
  • E-mail:

Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the largest research institutes of its kind in Europe, with approximately 1,000 employees and a wide range of research facilities and laboratories of high international standard. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. The IMR owns and operates six research vessels. Our main offices are in Bergen, and we have a department in Tromsø, and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen.

The IMR’s aim is to be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems, both nationally and internationally, and the whole food chain from the sea to the table. This includes the marine environment, fish nutrition, and safe and nutritious sea food.

PhD projects at Monash University/The University of Melbourne

Two exciting PhD projects available at Monash with Dr Tim Peterson ( You will work with a dynamic and industry-aligned team at Monash and the University of Melbourne to statistically explore long-term hydrological change (see presentation-1 and presentation-2 for background ideas). Successful applicants will receive a stipend top-up of $8,000 p.a. tax-free (plus university stipend of $29k p.a.). For international students, send your CV to Tim by 14 March. For Australian nationals please contact him by 1 May.

Short term position for Python programmer at CSIRO

CSIRO is searching for a Python programmer who has 30-50 days (full time equivalent) available before 30 June 2021 to complete some well defined tasks.  CSIRO has funding but we don’t have an available Python programmer. Assuming it was a 40 day project work could be done at say 50% full-time load (about 3.5 hours per day) over 80 days, so it does not require a full-time commitment, and could suit a PhD candidate looking for a short-term position.  Briefly, we want to characterise gaps (mainly cloud) in Sentinel-2 satellite remote sensing data for Australia at 5-day, 10-day, 15-day, 20-day and monthly time-steps since its launch.  Then as there will be some gaps (e.g., sugar growing areas around Cairns in summer) develop relationships between Sentinel-1 (C-band radar so not impacted by cloud) and cloud-free Sentinel-2 observations and use those relationships to infill the gaps in Sentinel-2 data. Both Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-1 data are available on GEE.  If the person has Google Earth Engine (GEE) experience that would be an advantage, though not necessary.

Dr Tim R. McVicar
Principal Research Scientist
Ecohydrological Time-Series Remote Sensing Team Leader
CSIRO Land and Water

Phone:  (02) 6246-5741  / e-mail:

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Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 501315
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 & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

This position is fully funded by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) and the Research Associate will contribute to and benefit from being a part of the CLEX community. The Centre’s research agenda encompasses interconnected research programs focused on Weather and Climate Interactions, Drought, Attribution and Risk, Ocean Extremes and Coupled Modelling. CLEX is a major seven-year initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is led by UNSW Sydney and partners with Monash, The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University and The University of Tasmania alongside a suite of national and international partner organisations. Climate extremes are the confluence of high impact weather and climate variability. The Centre works to 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 help Australia cope with extremes now and in the future.

The Research Associate will contribute to collaborative research into understanding why the drought that affected eastern Australia in 2017-2020 developed and was so impactful. The Research Associate will collaborate on developing the land surface component of the modelling systems used to examine drought.

This position sits within the CLEX drought research team and will collaborate with senior and postdoctoral researchers in that team and other CLEX programs. The position will also contribute to the CLEX modelling team. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes provides a supportive and enriching workplace for its staff and students through its strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing initiatives.

About the role

  • $98K – $105K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full time (35 hours per week)

The Research Associate will report to Professor Jason Evans and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research to help understand the 2017-2020 drought independently and as part of a team.
  • Resolve selected weaknesses in the land surface model as they relate to land-atmosphere interactions, hydrology, vegetation-water interactions etc.
  • Support the Centre’s modelling activities by acting as a point of connection between the drought program and the land science within the modelling program.
  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national and global conferences.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Work collaboratively with other researchers among CLEX universities and partner organisations.
  • Engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships.
  • With the support of the Centre’s Knowledge Brokerage Team, the Research Associate will communicate relevant aspects of the research undertaken to stakeholders outside academia.
  • Contribute to the collegiate life of CLEX such as supporting PhD supervision, committee membership and leading workshops.
  • 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

To be successful in this role you will have:
(Selection Criteria)

  • PhD in physical climate science, climate modelling, land surface modelling, physical hydrology, boundary layer meteorology, vegetation interactions or similar fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, Python, R) including in code management, with continuous integration and testing experience an advantage.
  • Strong research and publication track record (relative to opportunity) in an area listed in the position summary.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • Demonstrated high level analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, Python).
  • Willingness to engage with stakeholders outside of academia (e.g. government agencies, private businesses, NGOs, schools).
  • 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.

Jason Evans

Applications close: March 28th, 2021

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Position Description

Advertised: 23 Feb 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 28 Mar 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time