Grant-Funded Researcher (A) - School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

$86,587 to $92,796
Sep 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
An exciting postdoctoral research position working at the forefront of stochastic hydrology and climate risk assessments

Working closely with world-leading researchers in the University of Adelaide's Intelligent Water Decisions group, the successful applicant will develop scalable software tools that will enable industry and government stakeholders to quantify and effectively manage their climate risks.

The project builds upon a rich set of algorithms and tools that have been developed and published by the University of Adelaide research team for risk assessment and stress-testing systems to climate variability and change. The successful candidate will further develop and refine these tools, focusing on improving functionality, performance, accessibility and applicability for a wide range of use-cases. There will also be numerous opportunities to drive fundamental advances in stochastic space-time modelling techniques that can address real world problems related to climate risks.

There are likely to be significant opportunities to develop original research outcomes and work closely with industry to co-create tools that will maximise the utility of the tools to a broad set of application areas.

To be successful you will need:
  • A PhD in hydrology, climatology, stochastic modelling, statistics or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in computer programming (e.g. R, Matlab, Fortran, C, and/or Python) and/or developing high-quality software packages.
  • Demonstrated experience in statistical modelling (e.g. time series simulation approaches; spatial modelling and/or geostatistics; parameter estimation and model evaluation).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong track record of producing high-quality scientific publications and presentations.
  • Excellent organisational skills and a proven record of completing set tasks on time and, demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research in a vast range of engineering disciplines, computer science - including machine learning - and high-level mathematics. Many of its academic staff are work leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Application close 11:55pm, 7 October 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Seth Westra

Professor, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

P: +61 (8) 83131538


(Level A) $86,587 to $92,796 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Fixed term, full-time position for two years

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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