Fisheries Scientist

Location
Hobart, Australia
Posted
23 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Sep 2019
Ref
493910
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed-term until December 2020
  • Based at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) in Kingston
  • You will support the research of emerging issues related to the target and bycatch species in the toothfish and icefish fisheries at Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) and in Antarctic waters

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

AAD is part of the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy, and as the primary agency for Australia's Antarctic Program the AAD is responsible for achieving the Australian Government's Antarctic goals. These goals include, inter alia, conserving Antarctic marine living resources including ecologically sustainable fishing, and the development of economic, educational and collaborative opportunities through supporting Australian commercial operations in the Southern Ocean within the framework of the Antarctic Treaty system.

The Fisheries Scientist will support the research of emerging issues related to the target and bycatch species in the toothfish and icefish fisheries at Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) and in Antarctic waters.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead and conduct outcome-focussed fisheries research to an excellent standard, particularly related to assessing the effectiveness of current assessment and management measures in ensuring ecological sustainability of Australia‚Äôs Southern Ocean fisheries, and the impacts of fishing on important bycatch species and the environment.
  • The appointee will conduct day-to-day management of project tasks, including ensuring research outputs address project objectives and are delivered in a timely manner, project resources are well managed and regular progress reports are available to the project team and advisory committee.
  • Effectively communicate research outputs to scientists, industry, fisheries management, and environmental NGOs in domestic and international circles and in collaboration with stakeholders and partners ensuring alignment, relevance and impact.
  • Develop and maintain high level expertise and peer recognition in fisheries science, including through publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Seek external resources and funding to support and enhance high priority strategic research.

Your Application

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

  • A PhD in a relevant scientific or related discipline from an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas institution, or demonstrated equivalent experience.
  • Strong statistical and/or numerical modelling skills.
  • Demonstrated high-level competence in using databases and statistical software packages such as R.
  • Effective oral and written communication of research results and their implications, and the ability to negotiate and communicate with scientists, industry stakeholders, fisheries managers, policy makers and the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage research projects, including the ability to set priorities and allocate resources to meet project objectives.

Remuneration

Appointment to this role will be at either:

Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $101,148 comprising base salary within the range of $71,443 to $92,373 plus 9.5% superannuation.

Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $125,263 comprising base salary within the range of $98,537 to $114,395 plus 9.5% 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 Professor Caleb Gardner, Centre Head, Fisheries and Aquaculture and Associate Director, IMAS  Caleb.Gardner@utas.edu.au or 6226 8233.
  • Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying2 for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Monday, 9 September 2019, 11.55pm