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Principal Science Officer

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Laboratory & Research Support

  • Coordinate and supports IMOS’ scientific planning and governance processes.
  • Ensure that science plans & data generated meet international standards and is widely valued, is used and has impact.
  • Maintain strong relationships with broader research community and pursue opportunities to increase science collaboration.

The Opportunity

The Principal Science Officer will work with the IMOS Executive Team and across the IMOS Office to monitor science quality and delivery, data use and uptake, and opportunities for data use in emerging and novel applications. Leading a team across science,  engagement and impact, this role offers the opportunity to:

  • Build strong relationships with the IMOS partnership and the broader research community.
  • Maintain IMOS sustainability through monitoring the benefits delivered by the IMOS partnership and promoting the value and benefit of IMOS amongst the science and research community.
  • Work with the AODN to help identify and create opportunities that offer added value to IMOS data streams through data integration, tools and products.
  • Represent and promote IMOS at appropriate conferences and workshops, and create a strong multi-disciplinary network of key research, government and industry stakeholders and foster ongoing stakeholder involvement in future initiatives.
  • Undertake whole-of-program research, planning, science reviews and analyses to support IMOS objectives and priorities.
  • Lead and coach direct reports to ensure team members' accountability, development, engagement, and insurance of task delivery.
  • Promote IMOS office culture as an enjoyable place to work by demonstrating effective leadership that ensures team performance achievement, and recognition.

About the University & The Integrated Marine Observing System

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage. IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by the Australian Government. It is operated as an unincorporated joint venture (UJV), with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent IMOS provides a national, multi-institutional capability to undertake systematic and sustained observing of the marine environment, from the open ocean onto the continental shelf and into the coast, and across physical, chemical and biological variables. IMOS is implemented through a national portfolio of over 60 platforms and technology-based Facilities. The Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) is responsible for the management of IMOS data and provides open online access to these data.

What’s Required

As a curious innovative thinker and leader, you will demonstrate your robust understanding of ocean observations, scientific data usage and end-user value which drives science-collaboration and supports the delivery of the IMOS mission.

  • Experience in a similar field (Marine Science, Oceanography, Biology, Ocean Resource Management etc.).
  • Demonstrated understanding of skills and practices required for the management and support of a complex scientific program governance system.
  • Ability to co-develop research infrastructure science plans, which are grounded in end-user uptake and national value.
  • A keen focus on system performance and the ability identify and remedy roadblocks to scientific impact.
  • Proven ability of strong relationship-building and partnerships, paired with experience in creating and engaging with various research communities, government stakeholders and industry users.
  • Inspiring leadership and coaching expertise to develop team members' skills and sustain their performance and development.

What’s on Offer?

IMOS, which is based at the University of Tasmania, is one of the largest employers in the State and people are at the heart of everything we do. You’ll have access to flexible working arrangements, staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few. Based at Hobart’s world-renowned Salamanca waterfront, you will have the opportunity to work on interesting and purposeful ocean observation projects and data products that make a tangible difference to society, science and the natural environment. On offer are salary packaging options, 17% superannuation and relocation assistance for those considering a move to Hobart.

 Belong - Be You

People are at the heart of everything we do. Our workplace vision is to ensure that our people feel encouraged and enabled to bring their whole selves to our workplaces. We foster diversity and inclusion, for our communities to come together in ways that empower connection, learning, belonging and growth.

We celebrate the strength that diversity brings. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. Tell us how we can make this job work for you. 

Considering a move to Hobart to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, unique towns and fascinating history have something for everyone. Tasmania has crafted a unique brand of creativity and adventure; case in point: world-famous MONA and the exceptional mountain bike tracks of Derby. Our world-famous food and wine provide an abundance of fresh seafood, family-run wineries and distilleries, and culinary experiences celebrating farm-fresh produce.

How to Apply?

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Please provide your up-to-date resume and a 1 to 2 page cover letter outlining how your skills and experience align with the requirements of the role.

For further information about this position, please contact the Talent Acquisition team via

Applications Close 11:55 pm Sunday 8th October 2023

Download File PD-IMOS Principal Science Officer Aug2023 Final.pdf

COVID-19 Update:  The University of Tasmania strongly encourages employees to maintain COVID-19 vaccination in line with relevant Australian Government health advice.

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.

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