Marine Resource Economist

Hobart, Australia
06 May 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to join a leading University
  • Full time, fixed term position (3 years)
  • Based in Hobart (Taroona, IMAS)

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

This position is within the IMAS Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre and will work across internationally recognized research programs which consist of a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and professional staff working on projects ranging from blue-sky research through to practical applied research. It is supported through the Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration Agreement between UTAS and the Tasmanian Government.

The appointee will conduct quantitative research across a range of seafood industries, especially rock lobster, wild scalefish, abalone, salmon farming and recreational fisheries.  Options for adjusting management to improve benefit from marine resources to the Tasmanian community is of special interest. They will be skilled in areas of data collection and analyses relevant to resource, regional and/or market economics, and have a record of communicating research including production of figures and publication in leading scientific journals. The research is required to be communicated and understood by a large audience including fisheries and aquaculture managers and policy staff, other researchers, fishers and aquaculture operators.

The project will provide the opportunity for the appointee to broaden their skill base. The position will be expected to be productive in producing journal publications from research.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Undertake high-quality research of national and increasingly of international standing, secure external competitive and other funding, publish research findings and contribute to the successful supervision of research higher degree students, in order to meet and regularly exceed the University‚Äôs research performance expectations for Level B.
  • Undertake scholarly undergraduate (and if relevant postgraduate) coursework teaching of a high quality.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Your Application

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

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field of resource economics, regional economics or market economics applied to natural resource management.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of marine resources economics, demonstrated by a record of quality publications, presentations at conferences and preferably success in securing external competitive and other funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a group to manage and complete complex tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply economic analytical methods such as bio-economics modelling, profitability and productivity analysis, market analysis (various) regional input-outputs modelling.
  • Effective oral and written communication of research results and their implications, and the ability to negotiate and communicate with scientist, industry stakeholders, government and the public.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $131,864.85 comprising base salary within the range of $93,711 to $112,705 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 Gail Eagle, Executive Assistant, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, or 6226 8378.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Monday, 3 June 2019, 11:55 pm