Research Associate, Biogeochemical Argo Floats

Hobart, Australia
04 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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. IMAS has three core areas of research focus, in fisheries and aquaculture, ecology and biodiversity, and oceans and cryosphere; and collaborates across the major themes of climate change, ocean-Earth systems, and oceans and Antarctic governance.

The Opportunity

Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) in partnership with CSIRO, is a major contributor to the global Argo program, currently managing about 600 operational floats. In 2019, IMOS, CSIRO and UTAS will establish a Biogeochemical (BGC) Argo program to contribute to the global Argo vision. Working under the broad direction of the supervisor, we are seeking a suitably qualified Scientist to become part of the BGC-Argo sub-facility.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Source and adapt existing software for BGC-Argo quality control, mostly written in Matlab, and contribute to the development of the next generation of software.
  • Perform careful, delayed-mode quality control of float data, to ensure that the reported observations are of the highest-possible standard.
  • Work collaboratively with the other members of the Argo team to achieve key performance indicators (KPIs) of the IMOS funding.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary, dispersed research team, to carry out tasks under limited direction in support of scientific research.
  • Undertake high quality research of international standing. Publish research findings in the peer-reviewed literature and present results at national and international meetings.

You will be employed on a full-time, 3 year fixed term

Your Application

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

  • A PhD or an equivalent combination of qualifications and experience in a field closely related to ocean biogeochemistry.
  • An understanding of ocean biogeochemical properties and their observation using BGC-Argo floats.
  • Demonstrated scientific programming experience with Matlab or Python or both. Experience maintaining and trouble-shooting software. Familiarity with the Unix computing environment.
  • Demonstrably strong quantitative ocean analysis skills, ideally including expertise in data quality control and analysis.
  • Ability to lead the development of scientific software, formulate relevant mathematical problems, and build software solutions.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of ocean biogeochemistry, demonstrated by a record of quality publications and presentations at conferences.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $105,435 comprising base salary within the range of $66,785 to $90,116 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 Associate Professor Peter Strutton, or 6226 8595.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Tuesday, 23 April 2019, 11.55 pm