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Principal Scientist (Climate Change)


Department of Environment and Science


Dutton Park, Brisbane, Queensland

Salary etc:

$112,502 - $120,480 p.a. (PO5). Permanent, Flexible full-time.



Do you have an interest in Climate Science and developing tools and guiding information to assist adaptation?

You will lead and direct the team that develops fit-for-purpose data, information and products relevant to supporting future climate risk management and adaptation by government, industry and the community.

The team within Land Surface Sciences, works in collaboration with the University of Queensland to produce downscaled climate projections for the State. These downscaled projections form the basis of scientific information and products designed to enable effective future climate risk assessment and adaptation. You will lead the design and delivery of the information, products, advice and guidance on using downscaled projections data in adaptation planning and policies.

The Principal Scientist (Climate Change), (PO5) is a role in which you will:

Lead and manage the team which incorporates climate modelling support, climate data processing and analysis, development and maintenance of the Queensland Future Climate portal and associated climate change projection datasets.

Provide specialist scientific leadership (including supervision, training and mentoring of staff) on delivery of downscaled climate projections and their application in assessing and managing future climate risks in Queensland.

Lead multi-agency, multi-disciplinary scientific projects focused on the delivery of climate change projection data, web-based information and climate adaptation support to government agencies and various external stakeholders.

Provide high level scientific advice and communication of climate science through different mediums (face to face, workshops, visualisations, online, printed information and scientific papers) to meet the needs of a range of clients and partners. Represent and promote the Department at State, National and International conferences and forums and present research results, training and awareness materials at stakeholder meetings and workshops.

Contribute to strategic planning processes and represent the team and the Department at meetings and committees related to climate change science, consistent with the Government's vision and priorities.

Manage and support the effective implementation of government policy and procedures within the work unit to fulfill all obligations under legislation including the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and the Financial Accountability Act 2009, and provide support and commitment for team culture within the Unit and broader Science and Technology Division.

Foster a workplace culture that supports and promotes the interests of First Nations people and actively engage through our work to contribute to better outcomes for First Nations people.

Please note- This recruitment activity will be scheduling interviews in January 2022 and job offer will be finalised in February 2022.

Applications to remain current for 12 months

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