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Research Associate Level A/B: Southern Ocean Physical Oceanography

Apply now Job no: 497588
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Research Focused

Research Associate Level A/B: Southern Ocean Physics and Biogeochemistry

  • Fixed-term position until December 2024.
  • Full time, but part time would be considered.
  • Based in Hobart with relocation assistance considered.

This position is fully funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX). The CLEX interconnected research programs focus on Weather and Climate Interactions, Drought, Attribution and Risk, and Ocean Extremes. CLEX is a major seven-year initiative funded by the Australian Research Council. Climate extremes are the confluence of high impact weather and climate variability. This position will collaborate with senior and postdoctoral researchers in the CLEX Ocean Extremes research team and other CLEX programs.

The Opportunity

The successful candidate will have the expertise and motivation to improve or explore physical and biogeochemical processes in models and use model output with other data streams to address research questions focused on the Southern Ocean. This position is open to both developers and users of high resolution global biogeochemical models. Research activities include further biogeochemical model development; the role of mesoscale physics in Southern Ocean carbon cycling; changes in the Southern Ocean wind field and the implications for nutrient uptake and export to lower latitudes; the future of the Southern Ocean anthropogenic CO2 sink; and the impact of co-occurring changes in pH, productivity, and the saturation states of calcite and aragonite.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Work in the CLEX Ocean Extremes Research Program to further our understanding of Southern Ocean dynamics and impacts on the climate system with an initial focus on standing meanders.
  • Visit and work collaboratively with staff at other CLEX nodes (universities) and CLEX partner organisations to achieve key performance indicators of the ARC funding.
  • Contribute to the research excellence of CLEX and UTAS, through publication in high-impact international journals and the co-supervision of higher degree research students.
  • Communicate research to stakeholders outside academia, through briefing notes or meetings with government or industry with the support of the CLEX Knowledge Brokerage Team.
  • Contribute to the CLEX culture through committee membership, early career researcher representation, and contributing to and leading workshops.

Your Application

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

  • PhD or equivalent in Physical Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, or an equivalent field.
  • A strong understanding of Southern Ocean dynamics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including a track record of publishing in quality, peer reviewed journals, relative to opportunity.
  • Strong quantitative skills in the analysis and interpretation of complex ocean observational data or numerical simulations (e.g., using python, MATLAB, or similar programming languages).
  • Ability to work efficiently with minimum supervision and capacity to work well with colleagues at other CLEX nodes and partner organisations.
  • Commitment to equity and diversity behaviours that contribute to an inclusive culture in the workplace.

Additionally for Level B

  • Ability to carry out independent research and develop innovative concepts to further advance scientific understanding.
  • Experience to engage with stakeholders outside academia (e.g., government, industry, and schools).
  • Ability in successfully supervising postgraduate students.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $110,239 for Level A and $136,519 for Level B comprising base salary within the range of $72,861 to $94,221 for level A and $100,508 to $116,683 for level B plus 17% superannuation. We are happy to consider a part time appointment, in which case the salary rates are pro-rata.

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COVID-19 Update:

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

How to Apply

  • Please refer to the attached Position Description for full details.
  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
    • Resume;
    • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role;
    • Your responses to the success criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Peter Strutton or +61488 304 012.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Download File PD-CLEX_ResearchAssociate_physical_oceanography_497588.pdf

Applications close Sunday, 19 February 2023, 11.55pm


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