Postdoctoral/Research Fellow

Australian National University


October 9, 2022


Postdoctoral/Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 547280 Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded) Location: Canberra / ACT Categories: Academic

Classification: Level B

Classification: Academic Level A/B Salary package: $76,271 - $117,736 per annum, plus 17% superannuation Term: Continuing (contingent funded), Full-time, until December 2025

  • Work with Australia's leading network of Southern Ocean and Antarctic scientists

  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions

  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Full-time and part-time (0.8 FTE) employment options are available
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics
  • The Area

    The ANU Research School of Earth Sciences is Australia's leading academic research institution for Earth Sciences, and ranked 14th in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022). To find out more about the RSES community, check out our Twitter and Instagram.

    We have a reputation for international leadership and innovation, focused on developing new methods, whether experimental, analytical or computational. Our research spans the range from solid earth evolution to climate processes, and from 21st century resources to climate change impact.

    This position is fully funded by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS), which 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. The Australian National University is excited to be one of the partners in ACEAS.

    The Position

    The main responsibilities of the Postdoctoral/Research Fellow role include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, validating and maintaining a finite element modelling framework for simulating Antarctic GIA, using automatic code generation techniques through the Firedrake research software infrastructure.
  • Computing a suite of diagnostics that can be compared to (or driven by) the observational record, including sea level.
  • Implementing different treatments of a visco-elastic rheology such that users can assess their impact on the solid Earth's response to modelled Antarctic deglaciation.
  • Assisting in training researchers and research students in the resulting research software infrastructure.
  • Exploring the applicability of using automatic-differentiation schemes for inverse problems in GIA.
  • The Person

    To excel in this role, you will have:

  • A PhD (or awarding of a PhD within six months of appointment commencement) and/or equivalent postdoctoral experience in a relevant area (e.g., computer sciences, applied mathematics, computational geodynamics, or similar), as demonstrated by a record of quality publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.
  • An emerging record of, and continuing commitment to, research that attracts international recognition in the fields of research software development, computational modelling and/or geodynamics.
  • Experience with finite element software development and validation in a scientific environment.
  • Experience with Python and High-Performance Computing.
  • Experience with Firedrake (or similar) and/or PETSc would be beneficial.

  • Experience with inverse problems would be beneficial.

  • The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please click here.

    To see what the Science at ANU community is like, we invite you to follow us on social media at Instagram and Facebook.

    For more information about the position please contact Associate Professor Rhodri Davies,

    ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here.

    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.
  • Applications that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

    Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

    Position Description & Selection Criteria

    Advertised: 05 Sep 2022 09:00:00 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time Applications close: 09 Oct 2022 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Apply now

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