March 2012
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[Met-jobs] postdoc modelling greenhouse gases in Melbourne, Australia

From Peter Rayner <>
Date Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:24:05 +1100

We seek a highly motivated and qualified researcher or numerical modeling 
support scientist to
join a new research group at The University of Melbourne as part of the 
Greenhouse Gas
Monitor (GGM) project funded under the Australian Space Research Program. GGM 
develop a cost-effective ground-based instrument for measuring 
column-integrated CO2
concentrations for use in satellite validation, numerical weather prediction 
and estimation of
CO2 sources and sinks. The Melbourne University team, led by Prof. Peter 
Rayner, will develop
the algorithms to use such data and plan optimal deployment. The successful 
applicant will join
a growing modeling team so there is some flexibility in their role. The 
position is suitable either
for an early career researcher wishing to develop a research profile or for a 
modeling support
engineer. The roles and responsibilities would be different in these two cases 
with the ECR
taking responsibility for publication and contributing more to the scientific 
direction of the project.
The successful applicant will:
1) Link the atmospheric model of the Australian Community Climate and Earth 
Simulator (ACCESS) to the transport model TM5 for use in an existing inversion
2) Perform inversions with current satellite and in-situ data to provide a 
3) Apply algorithms to validate and, if necessary, calibrate satellite CO2 
using existing ground-based column measurements and participate in the 
of algorithms for planning optimal networks of GGM instruments for source-sink
determination and calibration/validation.
4) An ECR would be expected to take primary responsibility for the tasks (under
supervision) while a modeling support engineer would be expected to build and
maintain the underlying modeling systems but would not be expected to lead the
analysis and publication of results. The role is, however, flexible.
The position is available immediately.

Salary is in the range $a57k--$a97k depending on the experience of the
candidate. the duration is 2 years. More information and the
application can be found at by searching for the
position number 0028775. the closing date for applications is March
31. for more information contact Peter Rayner (
but please do not submit applications directly to that address since
they may not be properly recorded. 
Peter Rayner

Peter Rayner
room 343 
School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, 3010, Vic, Australia
tel: work: +61 (0)3 8344 9708; fax: +61 (0)3 8344 7761 
mobile +61 402 752 379, skype: petermorag 


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