First listed on: 28 April 2019

Marine Geophysicist

The Opportunity

  • Provide scientific support on the RV Investigator. 
  • Undertake survey planning, acquisition, processing & interpretation of marine geophysical data.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

Work in a diverse team providing scientific support on the RV Investigator, undertaking survey planning, acquisition, processing and interpretation of marine geophysical data in support of scientific voyages. The role requires you to provide sea-going support for up to 85 days per year. Experience in field work, familiarity with Kongsberg and Simrad echosounders, seismic, and other acoustic and potential field marine geophysical sensors, equipment maintenance and a publication record will be highly regarded.  
The position will be based in the CSIRO Laboratories in Hobart. Whilst onshore, you will be engaged in data processing, technique development, data management, and voyage preparation activities.

Your duties will include

  • Assist in operating and maintaining marine geophysical equipment, including multibeam and singlebeam echosounders, seismic, gravity meter, magnetometer and other instruments as required, in support of sea-going operations.
  • Liaise with stakeholders concerning all aspects of survey planning, survey, data collection and processing, and respond to data requests.
  • Process and interpret bathymetric and other geophysical data sets at sea and on shore, deriving and integrating GIS and mapping products, visualising data and communicating the results through reports and papers.
  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for their satisfaction, correct problems promptly and in a constructive manner. 

Location:       Hobart, Tasmania 
Tenure:          Indefinite
Salary:           AU$83K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61355

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A tertiary qualification in Geophysics, Earth Science or a related field and considerable experience.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the theory and practise of acquiring marine geophysical data, particularly multibeam bathymetry, marine gravity, magnetic, sub-bottom profiler and water column acoustic data.
  • Demonstrated ability in the processing and interpretation of geophysical data.
  • Excellent recordkeeping skills, demonstrated ability to clearly communicate scientific concepts verbally and in technical reports and papers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a highly competent and committed team, and to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability & willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations. 
  • The ability and willingness to work at sea, to obtain an ASPEN Certificate of Medical Fitness; a Marine Security Identification Card, and complete an Elements of Shipboard Safety training course.

For more information please view the Position Description.
We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

Friday, 24th May, 2019

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