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Carbon Marine Analytical Chemist

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Information Technology, Project Management & Support, Laboratory & Research Support

Carbon Marine Analytical Chemist

Australian Antarctic Program Partnership

  • Full time, fixed term opportunity for three (3) years with possibility of extension
  • Based in Hobart

The AAPP brings together government and non-government entities to deliver and lead a significant part of the national Antarctic science program. The partnership is led by the University of Tasmania (UTAS), and includes the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Tasmanian State Government and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System.

The Opportunity

The Carbon Marine Analytical Chemist will be a member of Theme 2: The Nature and Impacts of Southern Ocean Change – and will support at-sea biogeochemical sensor calibration, sample analysis, data synthesis and quality control. The position requires the preparation of specialist marine sampling gear for field programs to exacting standards of cleanliness; participation in marine voyages, sample processing and distribution. Documentation and analysis of the collected samples for chemical content; detailed QC of the results and assembly of data for common distribution via the AODN; preparation of safety instructions, technical reports and contributions towards peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide chemical analytical and marine technical support for science programs:
    • Preparation of large equipment for chemically clean marine sampling of dissolved and particulate material (e.g., rosettes, in situ pumps, sediment traps, autonomous samplers, and associated gear). This task includes testing/modification of new equipment, basic programming and electronics;
    • Assist with the design and troubleshooting of deployment options for marine sampling and sensor equipment on different research vessels and platforms, including liaising with support personnel from the Australian Antarctic Division, and CSIRO;
    • Participation in marine science field programs;
    • Analysis of major nutrients in seawater and sediment samples collected during research expeditions. This task requires knowledge of analytical equipment such as automated sample preparation systems, spectroscopic, coulometric, and elemental analysers and the sample handling requirements e.g. bottle preparation.
    • Day-to-day laboratory support of the marine biogeochemistry research group, including general laboratory organisation, liaison with lab managers and property services for the maintenance of fume cupboards, flow benches, pure water system, sample filtration and digestion equipment, coulometers, etc, ordering and administrative tasks; and
    • Maintain a clear and up to date database of samples and analytical results (including for quarantine purposes) and issue technical reports on these samples and results in formats useful to other scientists.
  • Assist with the training of research students and other technical staff, including providing safe work instructions and risk assessments within the HSE framework, written protocols for research students and other technical staff as needed.
  • Contribute to research project outcomes:
    • Participate in collaboration and communication activities with research users and other scientists; and
    • Provide research updates, including technical summaries, to partners and enterprises.

Your Application

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

  • A degree in a relevant field of chemistry, environmental science, oceanography, geochemistry, or similar.
  • Experience in performing sample collection, sampling processing and chemical analyses, including in remote environments (e.g., from oceanographic vessels and/or in polar regions) to high and exacting international standards in an efficient and productive manner.
  • Knowledge of the development and use of state-of-the-art analytical equipment for marine chemistry.
  • Experience with major nutrient handling and processing protocols, and analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare sample databases, technical reports and quality control documents, including information suitable for posting to global databases on the Internet.
  • Skills in programming (e.g., Matlab, LabVIEW, netCDF, Python).


Appointment to this role will be at HEO 5 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $96,794 comprising base salary within the range of $74,080 to $82,730 plus 17% superannuation.

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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 see 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 Elizabeth Shadwick, Australian Antarctic Program Partnership - Project Leader, or (03) 6232 5571.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Download File 498084 - PD - Carbon Marine Analytical Chemist.pdf

Applications close Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 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 fulfil the requirements of this role.

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