Research Associate, Sea Ice Remote Sensing Scientist

Location
Hobart, Australia
Posted
10 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2019
Ref
493992
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Australian Antarctic Program Partnership

  • Full time, fixed term (3 years)
  • Possibility of an extension
  • Based in Hobart, Waterfront IMAS Building

The AAPP brings together government and non-government entities to deliver and lead a significant part of the national Antarctic science program. The partnership is led by the University of Tasmania (UTAS), and includes the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Tasmanian State Government and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System.

The Opportunity

The Research Associate – Sea Ice Remote Sensing will play a lead role in the development and refinement (including validation) of remote-sensing techniques for measuring and monitoring key aspects of the Antarctic sea-ice environment, including coastal fast-ice extent, marginal ice zone characteristics, sea-ice concentration, extent and seasonality, sea-ice dynamics, and sea-ice and snow cover thickness and the application of these techniques (tools) to analysis of the Antarctic sea-ice environment and variability and trends therein (with a focus on East Antarctica).

Key Accountabilities for Level A and B:

  • Develop innovative techniques for measuring and monitoring key aspects of the Antarctic sea-ice environment using satellite and other remote-sensing data, including coastal fast-ice extent, marginal ice zone characteristics, sea-ice concentration, extent and seasonality, sea-ice dynamics, and sea-ice and snow cover thickness.
  • Lead the acquisition and innovative analysis of remote sensing data in support of Theme 3 activities and investigate trends and variability in the Antarctic sea-ice environment using these data (with a focus on East Antarctica).
  • Work collaboratively with other team members (and more widely) on innovative research investigating the nature and drivers (processes) of trends and variability in the Antarctic sea-ice environment, and their effects, through combined analysis of remote sensing and other data.
  • Participate in the design and execution of Antarctic field programs and spatial surveys of the Antarctic sea-ice environment, including the acquisition of remote-sensing data and data for validating and refining remote-sensing algorithms.
  • Contribute to collaborative research with Theme 1 (Antarctica’s Influence on Climate and Sea Level) on the interaction of sea ice with the ice sheet.

Key Accountabilities specific for Level C:

  • Undertake high-quality research of national and increasingly of international standing, secure external competitive grant and other funding where possible, publish research findings and supervise higher degree by research students, in order to meet and regularly exceed the University’s research attributes for Academic Level C.
  • Lead and participate in the design and execution of Antarctic field programs and spatial surveys of the Antarctic sea-ice environment, including the acquisition of remote-sensing data and data for validating and refining remote-sensing algorithms.

Please refer to relevant Position Description for full list of accountabilities.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, for Level A and B your application will need to demonstrate:

  • A PhD in a relevant area of science (e.g., sea ice physics or climate science), preferably with postdoctoral experience relevant to the position (e.g., sea ice research) and a good in-depth understanding of the Antarctic sea-ice environment and its role in climate and ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated high-level skills, and a strong background, in the development and application of remote sensing as a tool for sea-ice research, including innovative development of algorithms and techniques.
  • High-level level quantitative (computing and analytical) skills, as demonstrated through the processing, analysis and interpretation of complex large datasets and results.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out original, independent and innovative research with a minimum of direct supervision, leading to publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Additionally, for Level C your application will need to demonstrate:

  • A strong record in, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national and preferably international recognition and made notable contributions to the field of sea-ice research, demonstrated by a record of high-quality publications, presentations at international conferences, and success in securing external competitive grant and other funding.
  • A record of contributions to successful completions in higher degree by research supervision.

Please refer to relevant Position Description for further clarification.

Remuneration

Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A, B or C and will have a total remuneration package of up to $158,046 comprising base salary within the range of $71,443 to $135,082 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 Petra Heil, Petra.Heil@aad.gov.au or (03) 6232 3124.
  • Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying2 for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.
  • Successful applicants will be required to meet the security and safety standards of partner organisations when working at partner organisation sites or on field trips with partner organisations.
  • Appointment at level A, B or C will depend on the degree of experience demonstrated in each of selection criteria of the relevant Position Description.

Applications close: Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:55 pm