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Research Associate Ice sheet modelling and data science

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

Research Associate Ice sheet modelling and data science

  • Full time Fixed term until 31 Dec 2025
  • Based in Hobart
  • Lead a data-driven assessment of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet as a whole in ACEAS Program

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies which is part of the College of Sciences and Engineering. 

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 with a range of Australian and International Partners (

Key Accountabilities:

You will work on the following broad areas of research with the exact focus to be discussed with the successful candidate:

  • Simulate or emulate the East Antarctic Ice Sheet using numerical modelling or deep learning.
  • Develop quantitative, well-constrained projections of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet and its contribution to sea level rise.
  • Quantify ice sheet stability and rank catchments across East Antarctica according to their susceptibility for rapid retreat.
  • Identify climate-related vulnerability and tipping points.

Regardless of the specifics of your project, you’ll be expected to:

  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national and international conferences.
  • Take on leadership opportunities that arise and contribute to the collegiate life of ACEAS and IMAS, such as contributing to PhD supervision, committee membership, and leading workshops and/or working groups.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor.­

Your Application

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

  • A PhD in computer science, applied maths, physics, engineering, geophysics, glaciology or a related field.
  • Expertise in numerical ice flow modelling or quantitative data science, as demonstrated through a record of publications in scientific journals of international standard.
  • Strong scientific interest in ice sheet dynamics.
  • Ability to solve scientific problems with technical solutions.
  • Ability to work independently as well as efficiently in a team that pursues shared goals.
  • Desire to work collaboratively in a large research programme that covers multiple disciplines.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or Level B and will be determined based on the successful candidate’s level of skills, qualifications, and experience. The role will have a total remuneration package of up to $142,799 comprising of 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.

Considering a move to Tasmania to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, unique towns and fascinating history have something for everyone. Tasmania has crafted a unique brand of creativity and adventure; case in point: world-famous MONA and the exceptional mountain bike tracks of Derby. Our world-famous food and wine provide an abundance of fresh seafood, family-run wineries and distilleries, and culinary experiences celebrating farm-fresh produce. From our island shores, our research extends to the great Southern Ocean and down to the Antarctic. 

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 Matt King, Director, ARC Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS), or +61 3 6226 1974.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Download File Position Description - Research Associate Ice sheet modelling and data science - 498409.pdf

Applications close Monday, 26 June 2023, 11.55pm

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