First listed on: 26 February 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in El Niño-Southern Oscillation Under Greenhouse Warming

The Opportunity

  • Build your research career and investigate our oceans influence climate change
  • Apply your knowledge of nonlinear ENSO dynamics
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

This outstanding opportunity arises from establishment of the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR), The CSHOR objective is to increase investment in ocean-climate research in order to improve our understanding of how the southern hemisphere oceans influence global and regional climate, and how the climate influences these oceans.

In this position you will undertake research to study dynamics of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the impacts, and the response to climate change.

More specifically you will:

  • Under guidance of the supervisors, lead the effort that addresses how the long-term mean state of the equatorial Pacific will change under global warming.
  • Use outputs from about 60 climate models participating in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to examine the impacts of future climate change on ENSO.
  • Formulate nonlinear theoretical frameworks to analyse ENSO nonlinear Bjerknes feedback, and nonlinear dynamical heating, and nonlinear thermodynamical feedback that govern ENSO asymmetry and nonlinearity.
  • Conduct advanced statistical analyses to extract the relevant information that can be used to understand ENSO mechanism, linkage, variability, long-term changes and impact of model biases.

Location:  Aspendale, VIC
Salary:      AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:    Specified term of 2 years
Reference:  72043

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as meteorology, oceanography or climatology.
    Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least one year of postdoctoral research experience, but no more than six full-time equivalent years of experience since confirmation of your doctorate at the end of this postdoctoral term.
  • Well-developed knowledge of nonlinear ENSO dynamics and the feedback processes (nonlinear dynamical heating, nonlinear Bjerknes feedback, nonlinear thermodynamics).
  • Demonstrated strong ability in writing computer programs, in data analysis method/approach and techniques, and in handling large dataset.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications are open to local and internationally based candidates.

To be eligible for this role, on commencement, you must have at least one year (but not more than three years) of postdoctoral research experience.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

28 March 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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