Research Associate - Marine Ecosystems Remote Sensing

University of Tasmania
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Job no: 496575
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Research Focused

Research Associate – Marine Ecosystems Remote Sensing

  • Fixed-term, full time 3 year position.
  • Based in Hobart.
  • Focused on understanding the seasonal cycle of Southern Ocean productivity, carbon export and remineralization.

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The Opportunity

This Research Associate will work with biogeochemical Argo (BGC-Argo) float data from the Southern Ocean in combination with other data streams (satellite physics and ocean colour, model outputs, reanalysis products) to determine the controls on the seasonal cycle of Southern Ocean productivity, carbon export and remineralization.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Analyse bio-optical (chlorophyll fluorescence, particulate backscatter, irradiance) and biogeochemical (nitrate, oxygen, pH) data from BGC-Argo floats.
  • Adapt and further develop innovative analysis techniques to investigate the drivers of seasonal blooms in the Southern Ocean.
  • Incorporate data sets of complementary time and space scales, such as satellite observations, model outputs and reanalysis products.
  • Potentially participate in marginal ice zone field work in 2023, to investigate the role of sea-ice retreat in bloom formation.
  • Contribute to the research excellence of ACEAS and UTAS, through publication in high-impact international journals and the co-supervision of higher degree research students.
  • Visit and work collaboratively with staff at ACEAS partner organisations.
  • Communicate research to stakeholders outside academia, such as through briefing notes or presentations to government or industry.
  • Contribute to ACEAS culture through committee membership, Early Career Researcher representation, and contributing to and leading workshops.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • A PhD in a biogeochemical oceanography, or a relevant discipline area.
  • A deep understanding of Southern Ocean carbon cycling and biogeochemistry.
  • A strong record of research that is internationally recognized and has made worthwhile contributions to the field of ocean biogeochemistry, demonstrated by a strong record of quality publications and presentations at conferences.
  • Strong demonstrated expertise in analysis of biogeochemical data from BGC-Argo floats, in the analysis of large data sets, including global satellite, model or reanalysis products and including experience with statistical methods, computer programming and data synthesis.
  • Advanced experience in numerical programming using python, MATLAB, or similar programming languages in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision, with a capacity to set and prioritise strategic research directions, and to design and complete collaborative research programs to achieve scientific goals.

Other desirable criteria

•      Experience working at sea.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or Academic B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $136,519 comprising base salary within the range of $72,861 to $94,221 for Academic Level A and $100,508 to $116,683 for Academic Level B plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the success criteria
  • For further information about this position, please contact Pete Strutton, [email protected]
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Position Description - Research Associate - Marine Ecosystems Remote Sensing .pdf

Applications close Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 11.55pm

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