Research Associate - Ocean-ice Biogeochemistry

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ocean-ice Biogeochemistry

  • Full time, fixed term (3 year) position
  • Based in Hobart

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

As the successful candidate, you will focus on the role of trace metals of cryospheric origin in driving marine productivity in ice-influenced Antarctic waters. This position is part of the ARC Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS), a national-scale, University-led, international centre focused on helping 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 will grow to support the activities of around 150 researchers, administrative staff, and students, with exciting opportunities to collaborate across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Preparation for, and participation in MIZ and Denman marine science voyages for sampling of trace metals in the water column.
  • Analysis of iron (and other metals) concentrations across different size pools using state-of-the-art methods such as ICP-MS or synchrotron analysis.
  • Evaluate the links between trace metals, and oceanographic (physical and biological) features of the areas of interest.
  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national and global conferences.
  • Work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary research team to achieve collective as well as individual outcomes.

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. ocean biogeochemistry, marine chemistry, 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 fields of marine trace-metal chemistry and biological oceanography.
  • Experience in Southern Ocean research with particular emphasis on cryosphere-ocean interactions (e.g., sea ice, ice shelves, icebergs).
  • Experience in trace metal chemistry including sampling at sea, filtrations and analytical techniques for measuring concentrations of bio-essential metals.


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.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Delphine Lannuzel, ARC Future Fellow, or (03) 6226 7646
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Wednesday, 22 June 2022, 11.55pm


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