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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Southern Ocean Sea Ice
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
University of Tasmania
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Southern Ocean Sea Ice

  • Strong team focus and will ideally contribute to the supervision of HDR students
  • Full time, fixed term (3 year) position
  • Based in Hobart - Salamanca

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social and cultural future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage.  The University recognises that achieving this vision is dependent on the people we employ as well as creating a people-centred University that is values-based, relational, diverse, and development-focused.

The Opportunity 

The position of Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Climate Science is funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council, Discovery Project “Southern Ocean Sea Ice – what happened and what happens next?”, a collaborative project with investigators from the University of Tasmania, Monash University and the University of New South Wales. The aim of the project is to assess the causes of recent unprecedented sea ice variability and change. The results will improve projections of sea ice for the coming decades and century, leading to more accurate projections of Australian climate variability and sea level rise.

The role will use numerical simulations to investigate future trends in the mean state and variability of Southern Ocean sea ice. Topics of particular interest include the changing seasonality of westerly wind perturbations over the Southern Ocean, the influence of changing polar easterly winds on the Antarctic margin circulation and sea ice, the influence of tropical variability, the impact of katabatic winds, the effect of global warming, and sea ice changes driven by ice shelf melt.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Undertake innovative research into recent and projected changes to Antarctic sea ice.
  • Work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary research team to achieve collective as well as individual outcomes.
  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national, and global conferences and seminars.
  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Take on leadership opportunities that arise and contribute to the collegiate life of IMAS such as contributing to Honours and PhD supervision, leading workshops, etc.

­Your Application 

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate:

  • A PhD in a relevant area of science (e.g. physical oceanography, meteorology, or climate science).
  • Knowledge of climate dynamics and/or ocean, atmosphere, sea-ice processes
  • High level quantitative skills, as demonstrated through analysis and interpretation of complex data or numerical simulations.
  • Demonstrated experience of data analysis in a High Performance Computing (HPC) environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a research team and to achieve collective as well as individual outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out original, independent, and innovative research.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $118,769 comprising base salary within the range of $78,499 to $101,512 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

  • Please refer to the attached Position Description below for full details. 
  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role
    • Your responses to the success criteria from the Position Description below
  • For further information about this position, please contact Edward Doddridge, Physical Oceanographer (Southern Ocean Circulation), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Download File PD-PDRA-Southern Ocean Sea Ice-498844.pdf

Applications close Thursday, 27 July 2023, 11.55pm


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