Department of Physics

Research Fellow - New Zealand Earth System
Model Development

Our Department

The Department of Physics at the University of Otago has a vibrant research environment with strength in the geosciences and sea ice physics research. The University of Otago is located in the scenic Otago province.

The Role

This position is an exciting opportunity for an early career climate modeller to join one of the world's leading sea ice observational research groups to collaborate on the development of the New Zealand Earth System Model.

As a Research Fellow, you will be joining a multidisciplinary, international research team of physicists, climate modellers, oceanographers, and atmospheric scientists working at the cutting edge of Earth System Model development for the Southern Ocean. The Principal Investigators are Dr Inga Smith, Professor Pat Langhorne, Dr Jeff Ridley, Professor David Stevens and Professor Cecilia Bitz.

Your Skills and Experience

The successful applicant will:

  • Have minimum of a PhD or equivalent, with the thesis and/or international peer-reviewed publications in a physical sciences discipline such as climate modelling, oceanography, remote sensing, or meteorology.
  • Preferably, have familiarity with Southern Ocean and high latitude sea ice and ocean modelling in Earth System Models and/or global climate models.
  • Have excellent computing skills; the ability to program in Fortran90 is preferred, but candidates with good programming skills and the ability to learn Fortran quickly will also be considered.
  • Be able to engage with and work with a wide variety of researchers and stakeholders in the development and analysis of climate modelling for New Zealand.
  • Have the ability to work without direct supervision, set priorities and manage their own time effectively in order to achieve the goals of the project whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  • Be willing to engage in two-way discussions related to the Vision Matauranga strategic element engagement, collaboration and partnerships through participation in hui/discussions organised by The University of Otago's Te Koronga: Indigenous Science Research Theme to better appreciate strategic elements & Kaupapa M?ori Research Principles and Governance Maori (

Further Details

This is a full-time fixed-term appointment ending on 30 June 2019. Applications for the position as a job share arrangement are also welcome.

Further information on the Department of Physics can be found here.


To submit your application please click the apply button below and include a copy of your full CV including a reference list of publications; the names and contact details of two referees, and any other supporting information relevant to the position.

Applications quoting reference number 1701684 will close on Sunday, 17 September 2017.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.
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