First listed on: 11 December 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Research


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in climate science, meteorology or oceanography?
  • Want to conduct world class research and development with a team of dedicated professionals? 
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific 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.

In this position you will undertake research in climate projections. The Fellow will address the spatial scale gap between global climate models and the necessary fine-scale regional information by rapidly downscaling the global climate model output using Deep Learning.  The Fellow will join a world-leading team in machine learning, climate modelling, climate forecasting and climate risk applications. Supported by the team, the Fellow will be able to exploit the existing data, models and software so as to extend the Deep Learning into climate downscaling of large ensembles and thereby better project changes in extreme weather. By combining climate knowledge with new Deep Learning methodologies will place the Fellow at the forefront of this important research area. 

Your duties will include:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research in climate science that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes and publications. 
  • Advance the application of machine learning in climate research and accurately document the methods and results.
  • Represent CSIRO externally, including scientific conferences and public forums, with industry, the research sector and with Government.
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilise design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and apply non-academic impact methodology to research projects.

Location:   Hobart, Canberra or Melbourne 
Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:   79941

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as climate science, meteorology or oceanography. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in using quantitative methods to analyse simulations, extract insights and publish the results.
  • Understanding of atmospheric dynamics and processes that produce rain.
  • High level of computer coding with the application of novel analysis.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 30 June 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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