What did you like best about the program?
First, as a joint collaboration program with CSIRO, I enjoyed the abundant (maybe double) resources and opportunities provided by both the university and CSIRO. For example, it was beneficial to have access to the UTAS libraries and on-campus accommodation options, as well as many field work and infrastructure opportunities provided by CSIRO.
Second, the QMS program built and expanded my professional network. I could easily reach out to the colleagues and scientists at both institutions and develop professional and personal connections, which will later benefit my career.
Last but not least, I enjoyed the course designs, which, as far as I know, is unique amongst other institutes. I learnt the fundamental knowledges and background of marine sciences, which allowed me to constantly step out my comfort zone of doing statistical climate analyses and look into my own project from other perspectives. Also, I appreciated the smooth and convenient administrative services when it comes to planning the conference travels and coping with logistics.
How has it helped you in your current career?
The QMS program helped me develop good communication and writing skill, establish a healthy learning/working habits, and expand the professional network. The knowledge I learnt through the QMS program made me competitive at my current position.
What is your current role?
Jiale is currently a post-doctoral researcher working at CIRES University of Colorado Boulder and Physics Sciences Laboratory NOAA, Boulder, CO, USA. He is working on seasonal to interannual climate predictions and predictability of environmental conditions by using some empirical climate models (i.e., model-analog technology, and linear inverse modeling).