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Postdoctoral Fellow / Associate Lecturer, Fenner School of Environment and Society

Canberra, Australia
$80,914 - $101,560 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
15 May 2024

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $80,914 - $101,560 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (up to 3 years)
(Part time hours will be considered)

The Position

This position forms an integral part of the Centre Project on High-Impact Weather.

This is a key role for an early career academic to lead research on the associations between future weather and health. The successful candidate will take a broad approach to examining future weather and health by:

  • Identifying high-impact weather systems that result in adverse health impacts (e.g. spikes in morbidity, mortality) and their distribution over Australia.
  • Establishing linkages between characteristics of these weather systems and the health impacts they inflict.
  • Understanding the spatiotemporal variability and changes of the weather systems and health impacts.
  • Applying stakeholder-aligned storyline approaches to describe the future of weather-induced health impacts over Australia.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to cutting-edge research developed by the Centre’s project on high-impact weather. They will also work with the Centre’s industry and government partners, including assisting in coordination of the Centre’s Partner Integration Program.

This position is fully funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Weather of the 21st Century. The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to and benefit from being part of a supportive and vibrant Centre community which offers unparalleled networking and professional development opportunities. 

The Centre is a major seven-year initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. It is a consortium of 24 partners led by Monash University in partnership with The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, The Australian National University, and the University of Tasmania.

The Centre’s team-based research is focused on how Australia’s weather is being reshaped by climate change. The Centre conducts blue-sky research with real-world applications for communities, industry and government. The research program is made up of six integrated Centre Projects: Weather System Dynamics; Climate Variability and Weather Systems; Weather Systems in a Warmer World; Weather Resources; High-Impact Weather; and Modelling Science.

The Person

This position offers a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic academic in climate and/or health sciences, with a strong mindset for interdisciplinary collaboration. The person in this role should be passionate about the affects of how climate change interacts with weather, as this is the scale on which impacts inclusive of those on human health are felt, and is the focus of the position.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to actively networking, disseminating their findings across multiple platforms, independent research and consistent stakeholder engagement. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a passion and vision for developing and contributing cutting-edge science across the fields of climate science and human health. The candidate will be expected to supervise students individually and in a team environment, collaborate with senior staff, actively contribute to all operations of the School, contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching activities, maintain high academic standards, and assist in outreach activities.

The School

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be a member of Fenner School of Environment and Society (FSES). FSES is a world-leading centre for cross-disciplinary environmental and sustainability research, education and policy-relevant advice. Through cutting-edge research and insightful analysis, our academic experts create social, economic and environmental impact and deliver real-world solutions to address complex environmental challenges. FSES is housed at Frank Fenner Building, Forestry Building and Robertson Building. Our mission is to encourage sound environmental policy and governance outcomes that support sustainability.

The College

The ANU College of Science encompasses the disciplines of: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment and Society, Mathematics, Physics, and Science Communication and is also home to a number of cross-disciplinary and specialist Institutes and Centres.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and deliver a research-led education program that encompasses the breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. 

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For further information please contact, Prof Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick E:  

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to people of all backgrounds and identities.  For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here. For enquiries about the application process, or if you require reasonable adjustment to apply for this role, please contact the hiring manager on the above listed details.

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include a relative to opportunity statement (if relevant), outlining the impact of relevant personal circumstances on their achievements and career. This supports appropriate evaluation of achievements relative to an individual's opportunities.
  • Other documents, if required.

The committee will consider candidates who do not meet one or more aspects of the selection criteria.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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