Research Scientist in Southern Ocean Observations - CSIRO - WaterCareer

First listed on: 09 August 2017

Research Scientist in Southern Ocean Observations

  • Would you like to be part of the newly established Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research (CSHOR)?
  • Do have the potential to be a leader in Australia's ocean observing efforts in the future?
  • Join the CSHOR team and conduct innovative research leading to outstanding scientific achievements

The Position

This position arises from establishment of Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research (CSHOR), which is a new joint initiative between the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science (China), CSIRO, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Tasmania (UTAS). The CSHOR objective is to increase investment in ocean-climate research in order to improve our understanding of how the southern hemisphere oceans influence global and regional climate, and how climate change influences these oceans. The position will be based at CSIRO in Hobart.

The Research Scientist in Southern Ocean Observations will use a variety of ocean observations to advance understanding of the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its role in the climate system. Areas of focus may include the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, water mass formation and the overturning circulation, and interactions between the ocean and the cryosphere. Studies of the nature, causes and consequences of Southern Ocean change are of particular interest to CSHOR.

The Research Scientist will conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSHOR strategies. We seek to recruit an outstanding early career scientist with the potential to be a leader in Australia’s ocean observing efforts in the future.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Find out more here!: Balance

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSHOR that will lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
  • Investigate the dynamics of the Southern Ocean circulation, its role in the climate system, and the drivers and impacts of change in the Southern Ocean. 
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of ocean field programs and sustained observing systems.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals and present your work at scientific conferences.
  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to undertake independent scientific investigations and carry out associated tasks under the guidance of more senior Research Scientists.

Location:      Hobart, Tasmania (preferred)

Salary:          $95K - $103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:         Indefinite/Ongoing

Reference:    42206

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as oceanography or meteorology.
  • Demonstrated high level understanding of ocean dynamics and of the ocean’s role in climate variability and change.       
  • Demonstrated high level skills in analysis and interpretation of oceanographic or related data sets, including a strong grounding in statistical methods, computer programming and data synthesis.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out original, independent, and innovative research with a minimum of direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team. 

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter providing enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position Details document

Applications Close:  10:59pm AEST, 30 August 2017.