First listed on: 20 July 2018

Operations Officer

  • Are you experienced in blue water marine research?
  • Be part of a dynamic and flexible team within CSIRO Marine National Facility
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation

The Position

CSIRO Marine National Facility is seeking an operations officer who will work as part of the Ships Management Group in the operations team to manage the planning and execution of multi-disciplinary blue-water research voyages on the RV Investigator.  They will work collaboratively with the Ships Management Group, vessel users and the ship management contractor to deliver safe and effective research voyages.

As a successful applicant for this position, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of the research voyage planning process with particular focus on stakeholder engagement, technical advice and strategic review and planning. The role will involve travel and there may be opportunity to go to sea as part of providing support more broadly in the MNF.

Find out more by viewing the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position description

Your duties/responsibilities will include:

  • Engage with MNF internal and external stakeholders to develop and manage relationships through:
    • Providing advice to stakeholders on vessel capabilities, equipment capabilities, technical support requirements, policies, procedures and standards.
    • Providing advice and practical support on technical challenges that arise during the planning and execution of research voyages.
  • Manage the planning and execution of safe and effective research voyages through:
    • Providing expert advice to Principal Investigators in developing voyage plans to ensure clearly articulated, measurable objectives in compliance with CSIRO policy
  • Simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects including:
    • Coordinating and delivering technical support to optimise MNF voyage outcomes.
    • Providing routine logistical support for RV Investigator voyages, including port security and equipment requirements.
    • Providing shore based direction throughout the voyage for the on board Management Team where necessary.
    • Providing support and advice for RV Investigator participants as set out in the MNF Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Location:      Hobart, TAS
Salary:          $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of 12 months
Reference:   57698

To be successful you will need:

  • Marine science related tertiary qualifications and/or demonstrated experience in marine research (or equivalent).
  • The ability to obtain a Maritime Security Identification Card.
  • A willingness and demonstrated ability to travel extensively in order to provide operational support in domestic or foreign ports.  
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a dynamic team environment, to coordinate provision of the logistical, operational and technical requirements necessary to support research voyage operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying organisational policy in laboratory safety to the research vessel environment.


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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:  To apply, please provide a CV as well as a cover letter addressing the selection criteria in brief, and upload these as one document. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 29 Jul 2018

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