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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physical Oceanography

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European Geosciences Union

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physical Oceanography

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physical Oceanography

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University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The Oceans Graduate School engages in fundamental and applied research to find solutions for the critical issues facing our oceans, coasts and estuaries. Our School operates state-of-the-art facilities around Western Australia used for world-class marine research to investigate the ocean. The Oceans Graduate School engages with partners around the world, including other universities, governments and research institutions, so more can be done to better our oceans and ensure a healthy future for our population.

You will be part of a dynamic and supportive research group at UWA that is focussed on related projects. You will also work closely with colleagues at University of New South Wales and IFREMER.


Perth, Australia


Relevant division
Ocean Sciences (OS)


Entry level

Salary range: Level A, Step 8 - $Au95,464 or Level B $Au100,374 - $118,776 (depending on qualifications, skills and experience) plus 17% superannuation

Preferred education

Application deadline
10 March 2021

11 February 2021

Job description

About the opportunity

You will work on a project seeking to further our understanding of vertical and lateral ocean transport due to fronts and eddies. The goal of this study is to characterise and understand submesoscale ocean currents that vary over spatial scales of 1 to 10s km and evolve on corresponding time scales of days to weeks.

You will be involved in all major aspects of the project aims described in the position description, including in situ data collection and analysis, initial comparisons with the new SWOT satellite and other remote-sensing data, and development of satellite inversion algorithms.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in Physical Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics or relevant related field
  • Expertise in one or more of: satellite remote sensing, numerical ocean circulation models, or the collection and analysis of in situ ocean observations
  • Strong statistical and numerical analysis skills. Desirably one of: Bayesian inference, model inversion or other forms of data assimilation
  • Strong computational skills with the ability to organise and process large data sets
  • Willingness to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students
  • Highly developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative, problem solve and work productively as part of a team

For more information regarding the position please view this UWA page:

How to apply

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to submit curriculum vitae and a document clearly addressing the selection criteria to demonstrate that you meet the criteria.

Please see the position description prior to applying:

Closing date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button