Senior Hydrologist (Model Developer)
Bureau of Meteorology

Closing date: 8th December 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency in the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio of the Australian Government. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including droughts, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the fundamental and most widely used services of government.

The Bureau's water information role has been expanded through the Commonwealth Water Act 2007 which is enhancing the quality and utility of Australia's water information by producing the national water account, water resource assessments and water availability forecasting services. These responsibilities add to the Bureau's existing responsibilities for flood forecasting and warnings. The program includes development and maintenance of an integrated, national water information system freely accessible to the public (see http://www.bom.gov.au/water).

The Extended Hydrological Prediction section (EHP) has been established to develop seasonal, 7-day and long term water availability and streamflow forecasting services. The seasonal streamflow forecasting service provides water availability forecasts at important locations across eastern Australia (http://www.bom.gov.au/water/ssf). The 7-day streamflow forecasting service was released to the public in September 2015 (http://www.bom.gov.au/water/7daystreamflow/). As a precursor of the long term water availability forecasts, the Hydrologic Reference Stations website has been established to track the impact of hydro-climatic conditions on streamflow variations (http://www.bom.gov.au/water/hrs/). The 7-day, seasonal streamflow and long-term water availability forecasts assist water managers and users to better plan and manage water use, water allocation, environmental flow management and water trading decisions. The occupant of this position will take a lead role in on-going expansion of the deterministic 7-day streamflow forecasting service and development of the ensemble streamflow forecasting capability. The occupant of this position will also play a key role in maintaining and nurturing stakeholder relations and communications.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated engineer and/or scientist with strong data analysis and modelling skills to further develop, test and operate a forecasting system for the 7-day streamflow forecasting service. The occupant will take a lead role in the expansion of the deterministic streamflow forecasting service and the design, development, and testing of the ensemble streamflow forecasting service.

This is a unique opportunity to:

  • work in a close and dynamic team environment
  • collaborate with leading researchers in Australia and
  • take a lead role in the expansion of deterministic 7-day streamflow forecasting service
  • help design, develop and deliver ensemble streamflow forecasting products and services that will be useful for the water managers and the public for day-to-day decision making.

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