Australian National University, Mathematical Sciences Institute

539 20186Position ID: ANU-RF [#20186, 546113]
Position Title: Research Fellow - Hydrology
Position Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601, Australia [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2022/07/10 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/06/26, finished 2022/11/13, listed until 2022/10/31)
Position Description:    

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Classification: Academic Level B Salary package: $103,841 - $117,736 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Term:  Full time, Fixed term (2 years, with possible 12 month extension)

A fantastic career opportunity for an early- to mid-career researcher to join Australia’s #1 University Undertake independent impactful research on the effectiveness of different solutions to flood mitigation through modelling at the catchment scale and testing the impacts of interventions Become part of a dynamic interdisciplinary team with a positive culture contributing towards societal transformation ANU has recently commenced a national initiative funded by the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) - Partnering with local communities in regional Australia to increase resilience to flood risk. A key objective is to partner with several regional communities to develop Australian guidelines for integration of natural asset-based approaches to flood resilience. Australia is very exposed to damage caused by extreme rainfall. Despite previous flood studies and certain preventative measures taken, floods have continued to cause significant loss and damage across NSW and Queensland. The challenges of flood risk management are being compounded by climate change, exposing vulnerabilities in flood risk management strategies that have been implemented over the past century. With an increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events due to climate change, we need to learn from these experiences and prepare better for floods.

Effective flood risk management is critical to limit future losses. To address flood risks and impacts, existing flood management strategies must be augmented by new nature-based options that consider and create systemic co-benefits and consider the likely future climatic conditions associated with climate change.

This position will be part of an interdisciplinary team and will assess effectiveness of different solutions to flood mitigation through modelling at the catchment scale and testing the impacts of interventions.

Position overview

This Research Fellow position is a joint appointment between the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) and the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI).  The Research Fellow will work within an interdisciplinary team across ANU as well as a number of regional communities and a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group.

The role will undertake independent research to contribute to the NRRA funded initiative -  Partnering with local communities in regional Australia to increase resilience to flood risk. This includes collection and processing of data, testing the performance of the ANUGA model for historical floods, designing improvements to the model to overcome observed deficiencies, using the model to simulate future flood scenarios and evaluate the impact of proposed flood mitigation strategies; and working with an interdisciplinary team at ANU to develop integrated options.

The role has a strong focus on research. The Research Fellow will also make some contributions to education and service (especially outreach and engagement regarding the research).

To excel in this role, you will have a PhD in applied mathematics, hydrology, engineering, environmental science or a related area, with a track record of independent research.  You will demonstrate experience in articulating and prosecuting innovative research and a vision for the activities you would undertake at ANU.

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.

For more information about the position please contact Dr Roslyn Prinsley, Head of Disaster Solutions, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions via

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

To apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

A concise statement (absolute max 3 pages) addressing the selection criteria. A current curriculum vitae (CV), including a publication list, 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 which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

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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