Postdoctoral Fellow in Physical Oceanography

Hobart, Australia
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time fixed term (2 year) position
  • Based in Hobart
  • Observe and simulate the mechanisms that have allowed the transport of the ACC to remain steady in spite of strengthening Southern Ocean winds over the last two decades.

IMAS is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research and education. Our vision is to develop environmental understanding and facilitate sustainable development for the benefit of industry, governments and communities in Tasmania, Australia and the world.

The Opportunity

You will work with the already-collected high-resolution in situ survey of the water mass and velocity structure of a stationary meander in the ACC upstream of the Macquarie Ridge, and high-resolution simulations of the region from idealised and realistic modelling systems. You will work with the project investigators to identify the processes responsible for the transfer of momentum and energy from the surface into the deep ocean, for meridional fluxes of properties across the ACC, and to investigate the mechanisms governing the response of the ACC to changes in winds.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Undertake innovative research using observations and high-resolution simulations to investigate the dynamics within a standing meander of the ACC, including the transfer of momentum and energy from the surface into the deep ocean, meridional fluxes across the ACC, and the mechanisms governing the response of the ACC to changes in winds.
  • Contribute to leadership of the project, at a level commensurate with the experience and Academic Level of the appointment.
  • Publish high impact original research papers in a timely fashion and provide input, including seminars on research results, to partner agencies.
  • Assist with the supervision and training of research students and technical staff.

Your Application

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

  • A PhD in a relevant area of science (e.g. physical oceanography or climate science).
  • Excellent understanding of ocean dynamics and the ocean’s role in climate.
  • High level quantitative skills, as demonstrated through analysis and interpretation of complex ocean/atmosphere data or numerical simulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out original, independent, and innovative research with a minimum of direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a research team covering multiple disciplines and to achieve collective as well as individual outcomes.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $133,842 comprising base salary within the range of either $71,443 to $92,373 for level A, or $98,537 to $114,395 for level B, 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 Nathan Bindoff, Professor of Physical Oceanography, or 03 6226 2986.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:55 pm