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Research Associate - Paleo Ice Sheet Modeller

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Research Focused

Research Associate – Paleo Ice Sheet Modeller

  • Full time, Fixed Term Position (December 2025)
  • Based in Hobart
  • Develop and lead a programme of work that explores how the EAIS has influenced global sea levels during past warm periods

The Opportunity

The Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS) is a major $25M Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council.

The goal of ACEAS is to help the world community prepare for climate risks emerging from East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by integrating knowledge of the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and ecosystems, and their interplay. ACEAS is a national-scale, University-led centre for excellence in Antarctic science focused on this goal. (

ACEAS is led by the University of Tasmania, based at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting work to peers at local, national and international conferences.
  • Work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary research team to achieve collective as well as individual outcomes.
  • Develop and apply either a physics-based ice flow model or statistical ‘surrogate’ ice sheet model from which past changes in the EAIS can be better understood.      
  • Integrate marine records and work collaboratively with ACEAS scientists who are using marine seismic reflection and sediment provenance to reconstruct the EAIS during past climatic states in the Totten and Denman region.
  • Formulate a research strategy in which numerical modelling and marine records are integrated in order to answer science questions, e.g. how did EAIS respond during past warm periods? How can models of EAIS during past warm periods help reduce uncertainty in long-term future projections?

Your Application

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

  • A PhD in Earth science, Geophysics, Maths or another relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in ice flow modelling or glaciological machine learning applications, as demonstrated by a record of high quality publications.
  • Proven ability to work efficiently and independently, with a capacity to set and prioritize strategic research directions, and to design and complete collaborative research programs to achieve agreed scientific goals.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a research team covering multiple disciplines and achieve collective goals as well as individual outcomes.
  • A strong interest in glaciology, marine geoscience and the East Antarctic ice sheet    


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A/B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $142,799 comprising base salary within the range of $76,213 to $122,050 plus 17% superannuation.

COVID-19 Update:

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

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 Poul Christoffersen, Professor in Glaciology, or (03) 6226 7269.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Tuesday, 27 June 2023, 11.55pm

Download File Position Description - 498776 - Research Associate - Paleo Ice Sheet Modeller.pdf

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.

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