Research Associate - Sea-ice Microbial Ecology

Hobart (Suburb), Tasmania (AU)
24 May 2022
End of advertisement period
22 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate – Sea-ice Microbial Ecology

  • Full time 2.5-year fixed term position
  • Based in Hobart
  • Contribute to the ACEAS Program focused on helping the world community prepare for climate risks emerging from East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

The Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS) is a major $25M Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council.

The goal of ACEAS is to help the world community prepare for climate risks emerging from East Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by integrating knowledge of the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and ecosystems, and their interplay. ACEAS is a national-scale, University-led centre for excellence in Antarctic science focused on this goal.

ACEAS is led by the University of Tasmania with a range of Australian and International Partners (

The Opportunity

The role will focus on sea-ice microbial processes with an emphasis on how alterations in climate-relevant factors influence microbial loop dynamics and the consequent effects on under-ice ecology and biogeochemistry.  Primarily contributing to the ACEAS Program 2 addressing addresses the overarching question: “What are the causal linkages between atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and their consequent effects on open water and under ice biogeochemistry and ecology in East Antarctica for past, present and future conditions?”

Key Accountabilities:

  • Determine the impact of contemporary and future changes in abiotic co-stressors (temperature, light, iron, pH) on ice-associated microbial dynamics including viruses.
  • Determine how these changes will impact under-ice biogeochemistry, ecology and carbon export.
  • Assess how alterations in contemporary conditions impact sea ice microbes at a cellular level.
  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national and global conferences.

Your Application

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

  • A PhD and equivalent postdoctoral experience, in a relevant area (e.g. sea ice microbial ecology, marine microbiology, or similar) as demonstrated by a record of quality publications.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that attracts international recognition in the field of polar microbial ecology.
  • Expertise in 'omics' research, either proteomics or genomics with a functional knowledge of bioinformatic data analysis.
  • Experience in Southern Ocean research with particular emphasis on ice-associated habitats.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or Level B and will be determined based on the successful candidate’s level of skills, qualifications, and experience. The role will have a total remuneration package of up to $136,519 comprising base salary within the range of $72,861 to $116,683 plus 17% superannuation.

COVID-19 Update:

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
  • Resume;
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role;
  • Your responses to the success criteria.

Applications close Wednesday, 22 June 2022, 11.55pm


Download File PD_ACEAS Sea Ice Microbiology.pdf