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New Positions in Victoria

Two new EM positions were just advertised in the Victorian Government.



Bushfire Simulator Development Officer

  • Agency - DEECA

  • URL - Click Here

  • Closes - 9th August 2023

  • Position Details:

The Bushfire Simulator Development Officer is an exciting new role which will lead the transition process to utilising ‘Spark', a new Bushfire Simulator, for operational and strategic decision making.

In this role the position will lead the validation and testing process, customise the simulator for use in Victoria, support end users and will establish the longer-term process for transition. In this role, you will use your fire behaviour and modelling knowledge, programming, and project management skills to lead the transition process.


The role works within a close team who develop solutions and lead the implementation of bushfire science and modelling in the bushfire risk management field. The role will work collaboratively with developers, other agencies and regional teams and will be involved in the national development process.


The role is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of research implementation and utilisation, aiming to improve bushfire risk decision making in Victorian fire agencies.



Research Scientist - Fire Danger

  • Agency - CFA

  • URL - Click Here

  • Closes - 6th August 2023

  • Position Details:

Do you have an interest in fire management? If so, this exciting opportunity may be the next step in your career and will see you will help guide the analysis, development and testing of a new cutting-edge national system designed to improve the way fire danger is communicated; the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS).


Reporting to the Senior Research Scientist, you will be joining a team that undertakes and drives best-practice research with a focus on enhancing community partnerships and improving operational capability.


The AFDRS, introduced in 2022, is intended to combine information about weather and vegetation (i.e. fuels) to provide a representation of fire danger that can better inform decision making and facilitate communication with the community. It is intended to be used for a wide range of purposes, including community warnings, setting firefighting readiness levels and informing fire restrictions. The system replaced a simpler fire danger index that had been in place for decades as a result the process of transitioning between systems is still ongoing.


Your days will see you leading the testing of the performance of the new systems and ratings associated with AFDRS. This will include developing new approaches to collate data from diverse sources and undertake analysis to understand the relationships between fire danger levels and decision maker's needs. To do this, you will need to explore the science and models behind the rating system and develop an understanding of how its predictions relate to historic grass and forest fires.


You will also act as CFA's representative at bodies such as the AFDRS national working group to ensure currently of information and to ensure Victoria's interests are represented. Your findings will be used to shape the development and implementation of the national AFDRS program.




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