First listed on: 28 August 2018


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The Position

CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere is seeking to appoint two Hydrochemists to join the Hydrochemistry Team.

The Hydrochemistry Team provides specialised analytical chemistry services to Australia’s Marine National Facility (MNF) and to scientific research programs, as well as supporting the scientific operations of the MNF Research Vessel RV Investigator.

In this role, you will participate in scientific research by providing marine chemistry services specialising in sampling and chemical analysis of dissolved nutrients, salinity and oxygen in seawater.

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

Your duties/responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in scientific research voyages (up to 85 days a year) and contribute to the achievement of the research objectives by carrying out analytical work to a very high standard under sometimes difficult conditions with minimum supervision.
  • Collect and analyse seawater samples for a variety of nutrient species including nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, phosphate and silicate, and salinity and dissolved oxygen whilst at sea, and with the application of specific quality control and quality assurance procedures.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, to carry out tasks under limited direction in support of scientific research.

Location:      Hobart TAS
Salary:          $62K - $79K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of 2 years
Reference:    58314

To be successful you will need:

  • Tertiary study in chemistry (e.g. BSc/technical certificate) or equivalent experience in chemistry with an emphasis on analytical chemistry and/or marine chemistry.
  • The ability to obtain a Certificate of Medical Fitness to a standard required by the Australian Antarctic Division for seagoing operations and a Maritime Security Identification Card.
  • The ability to obtain a Certificate of Sea Safety Training issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in accordance with Marine Orders Part 3.
  • A willingness and ability to work at sea and to travel extensively in order to provide operational support in domestic or foreign ports for up to ~60 days at a time.


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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:  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, Monday 17 September 2018

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