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Contribute to research within the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX). 

  • Full time, fixed term position for 3 years.
  • Based in Hobart.
  • Salary based on relevant skills, experience and qualifications. 

 The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is the centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research, dedicated to enhancing environmental understanding and facilitating sustainable development for Australia and the world. 

The Opportunity 

The Research Associate in Ocean Mesoscale Biochemistry will join the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) Ocean Extremes Program to understand the way in which mesoscale processes such as eddies and fronts drive variability in the magnitude and transport of heat, salt, carbon and nutrients in the Southern Ocean. 

 Key Accountabilities: 

  • In collaboration with the CLEX Attribution and Risk Research Program, develop techniques to quantify the biogeochemical signature of fronts and eddies in the Southern Ocean. 
  • Quantify the temporal changes and role of mesoscale in Southern Ocean carbon cycling over the past ~20 years. 
  • Use outcomes of your work to help improve the representation of mesoscale biogeochemistry. 
  • Work collaboratively with staff at other CLEX nodes (Universities) and partner organisations. 
  • Contribute to the research excellence of CLEX and UTAS through the publication of international journals. 
  • Collaborate with the CLEX Knowledge Brokerage Team to communicate research to stakeholders outside academia. 

 Your Application 

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate; 

Level A 

  • A PhD or equivalent in biological or chemical oceanography or relevant discipline area. 
  • Skills in analysis and interpretation of observational data sets and reanalysis products. 
  • A strong record of publication in quality, peer-reviewed journals, relative to opportunity. 
  • Advanced experience in numerical programming using python, MATLAB or similar languages. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Willingness to engage with stakeholders outside academia. 
  • Commitment to equity and diversity principles and to respectful behaviours. 

 Additionally for Level B 

  • Ability in successfully supervising postgraduate and honours students. 
  • Deep understanding of Southern Ocean carbon cycling and biochemistry. 
  • Ability to carry out independent research and develop innovative concepts and ideas. 


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $133,842 comprising base salary within the range of $71,443 to $114,395 plus 17% superannuation. 

 How to Apply: 

  • To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the position/selection criteria. 
  • For further information about this position, please contact Amelie Meyer, ARC DECRA Fellow in Physical Oceanography, Amelie.Meyer@utas.edu.au or 03 6226 1704. 
  • Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying2 for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process. 

Applications close Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 11.55pm 

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role