First listed on: 07 February 2018

Observational Marine Biogeochemist

  • Do you have an interest in observational marine biogeochemistry?
  • Contribute to research for understanding of environmental impacts
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

CSIRO is seeking to appoint an Observational Marine Biogeochemist.

As the successful applicant, you will have responsibility to obtain quantitative observations using ships and autonomous platforms, including the progress of carbon uptake, acidification, deoxygenation, and eutrophication.

You will manage and guide technical staff and projects, working within a research team to deliver project outputs. The emphasis across these broad areas will depend on commitments of the business unit, client needs and opportunities, and your ability to develop new projects.

Your duties/responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake and publish innovative scientific research in observational marine biogeochemistry that contributes to the understanding of environmental impacts such as ocean acidification, deoxygenation and eutrophication.
  • Contribute to the management and development of research projects and supervise technical staff in the areas of marine biogeochemical observing, sensor development and preparation and deployment on autonomous platforms and ships, to meet project milestones on time and within budget
  • Contribute to CSIRO engagement in collaborative ventures such as the Carbon and Ecosystem program of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, the Integrated Marine Observing System Southern Ocean Time Series Facility, the International Biogeochemical Argo program, and the OceanSITES global network of time series observations.

Location:      Hobart TAS
Salary:          $109K - $128K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    55877

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate and a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as marine chemistry, marine geochemistry, marine biogeochemistry, or chemical oceanography. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of seawater chemistry, including equilibrium speciation, reaction kinetics, and air-sea gas exchange, especially for carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nutrient elements.
  • Experience in the collection and analysis of dissolved inorganic carbon, alkalinity, oxygen, nutrient, and other biogeochemical samples.
  • Demonstrated success in publishing high impact science and successfully securing research funding.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position description

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

Oceans and Atmosphere provides the knowledge to manage Australia's marine estate and atmospheric environment, plan for and respond to weather and climate related natural hazards and ensure sustainable coastal development and growth of marine industries.

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.  

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance

How to Apply:  If you wish to apply for this position, please load one document which incorporates your address to the essential and desirable selection criteria, a cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your CV (Maximum 5000Kilobytes) via our website at

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, Tuesday 06 March 2018

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