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[Met-jobs] Two-year postdoc position at UNSW, Sydney

From Martin De Kauwe <>
Date Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:37:03 +1000

Dear colleagues, 

Apologies for cross-posting, please forward this PhD opportunity to potentially interested candidates... 

Two-year postdoc position: Forecasting future forest vulnerability

      The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work on a new ARC-funded project exploring how vulnerable Australia’s eucalypts are to future droughts. This project will combine data-synthesis, experimental manipulation and modelling to deliver new process-orientated insight into the response of Eucalyptus trees to projected changes in the frequency, magnitude and duration of future droughts across Australia. The role will involve process-based model development of the Community Atmosphere–Biosphere Land Exchange model (CABLE), Australia’s land surface model. These developments will include the representation of plant hydraulics and testing novel optimality-based hypotheses related to leaf shedding, leaf cooling and rooting depth. The project offers the candidate the opportunity to work closely with researchers with expertise bridging ecophysiology, model-data fusion, land and climate modelling.

      This is a 24-month position with an expected start date after August 2019. We seek a candidate who has experience in using land surface and/or climate models combined with a strong understanding of, and preferably experience of accounting for, the underlying ecophysiology processes. Programming experience is essential and languages such as Fortran90, C, Python and R are common in our field.

      The role of Postdoctoral Research Associate reports to Dr Martin De Kauwe (The University of New South Wales) and has no direct reports. During the project, the candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the other project investigators: Professor Patrick Meir (The Australian National University)A/Prof. Lucas Cernusak (James Cook University)Professor Andrew Pitman (The University of New South Wales) and Dr Vanessa Haverd (CSIRO).

      The position will be based at the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. The CCRC is a multi-disciplinary research group comprising one of the largest university research facilities of its kind in Australia. CCRC houses research expertise in the key project areas of atmospheric convection and global climate modelling. The centre also houses expertise in global climate change and extremes of weather and climate. Our oceans program focuses on global ocean thermohaline circulation, water-mass formation, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, western boundary currents, and the ocean carbon cycle. On the land surface, we focus on modelling terrestrial processes in climate models, to develop our understanding of the effects of carbon dynamics, hydrology and vegetation processes on climate.

      Questions should be directed to Martin De Kauwe (

    Many thanks,

Dr Martin De Kauwe

ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes 
Climate Change Research Centre 
Room 462
UNSW Sydney
NSW 2052 Australia

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