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Senior Research Officer

Perth, Australia
$99,040 - $106,339 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
12 Dec 2023
  • $99,040 - $106,339 per annum plus 17% superannuation
  • 2-year Fixed Term, Full-time Opportunity
  • Opportunity to work in a world-class research and project facility

Job Reference: 1140225

The role is assigned to two projects, as described below.

“Marine Optical Network” (“MarONet”) project (0.4 FTE)

MarONet is a marine optical buoy to be deployed off Perth, Western Australia. A similar system is deployed in Hawaii. These buoys are equipped with state-of-the-art hyperspectral radiometers, whose measurements are used to derive the reflectance of the ocean in the visible domain. The data will be used for what is called the “System Vicarious Calibration” of the NASA “PACE” mission, to be launched in 2024 ( MarONet is funded by the US NASA, with University of Miami (UM, Florida) being the prime contracted institution, and Curtin University (Perth, WA) being contracted under UM.

“Ocean Colour - Blue water Cal/Val” (0.6 FTE)

This activity is part of the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), a long-term program part of the NCRIS (National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy). The Curtin Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group (RSSRG) has been active in IMOS for many years. From this year, the activity will consist in deploying an optical package during monthly research cruises off Rottnest Island, WA, and the role will be in charge of the equipment maintenance and deployment, of the organisation of the field trips (CSIRO R/V Linnaeus) and of the data processing.

The position provides high level research, administrative and/or technical support to the Academic Project Lead across a range of functions associated with the successful execution of research projects. This may include managing project activities, implementing project deliverables, managing data, and contributing to research reports, publications, and conference presentations.

Your new role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Officer to work on two specific projects.

As part of the ““Ocean Colour - Blue water Cal/Val” (0.6 FTE), funded by the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

  • Manage all aspects of the field deployments including deployment / recovery, servicing / maintenance, and data processing for the optical package that RSSRG plans to deploy off Rottnest Island, WA.
  • Liaise with and manage relationships with relevant project partners and stakeholders, coordinating with all parties throughout all phases of the project.
  • Ensure the quality-control of the data and process to a level where it become usable for research. This includes data from radiometers, absorption/attenuation and backscattering meters, chlorophyll fluorescence, temperature / salinity.
  • Ensure specialist equipment is maintained and fully operational, liaising with the manufacturer, as required.
  • Liaise/work with the other groups involved into the IMOS “Satellite ocean colour sub-facility”, and more broadly with the Australian community involved into similar activities towards establishing data acquisition protocol documents, improving data processing codes and consistency of data collection and processing practices among this community.

As part of the “Marine Optical Network” (“MarONet”) project (0.4 FTE):

All activities described below have started and are managed by one full time staff. The present job will consist in assisting this staff with the same activities as listed below:

  • Preparation of Marine Optical Buoys for deployment at sea. To include mechanical, electrical, and optical assembly. Electrical testing of system functionality and component level troubleshooting. System level radiometric testing and calibration.
  • Buoy system operation and monitoring throughout the preparation, deployment, recovery, and refurbishment cycle. This requires working with cellular gateways, dataloggers and embedded computers running a Linux operating system.
  • Perform buoy refurbishment between deployments. Generally, this entails thoroughly cleaning the buoy, evaluating the buoy’s condition, and performing any required repairs, parts replacement, and painting.
  • Perform radiometric stability measurements and calibrations before and after each buoy deployment using equipment and data acquisition systems provided by other team members.
  • Help maintain a sun photometer site on Rottnest Island.
  • Provide meticulous and timely notes documenting all work to other team members for each deployment.
  • Participate in the deployment and recovery of the Marine Optical Buoys and associated moorings aboard contracted vessels. This may include long hours spent at sea in small boats and ships.
  • Electronic Fabrication: Produce a finished item from the component level based on schematics provided. Maintain detailed documentation and revision records. Apply knowledge of power supplies, voltmeters, PC controlled data acquisition using LabVIEW. Soldering, terminating, wiring, testing and calibration.
  • Help maintain site facilities and equipment: Understand basic facility electrical, structural and safety requirements. Help maintain various equipment maintenance schedules. Facilitate a clean working environment.
  • Participate in scheduled international teleconferences outside of typical working hours.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor David Antonine, School of Earth, and Planetary Sciences on

About us

The Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group (RSSRG), based at Curtin University in Bentley, Western Australia, is part of a national and international network of scientists that undertake quantitative research in the field of Earth observations from space.

We have a number of research projects going on, including field research related to calibration and validation of satellite remote sensing observations, satellite data processing, development of data processing algorithms, and oceanographic research based on using satellite observations.

We perform work on the oceans (Indian, Southern Ocean, WA coastal waters), and land domains. Our activity is supported and funded by a variety of funding agencies, including the Australian Research Council (ARC), international space agencies (ESA, JAXA), and the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

Curtin University is one of the world’s top 200 universities according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings. We offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements and superannuation, flexible working arrangements, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

For more information about our university, please visit

Join us!

Please provide a cover letter, your CV and a separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Selection criteria: 

  1. A degree qualification in relevant discipline with considerable relevant experience; or equivalent experience.
  2. Possess extensive knowledge and experience in scientific/research methods, techniques, and protocols.
  3. Demonstrated organisational skills, effectively managing project activities to achieve desired outcomes.
  4. Demonstrated advanced problem-solving and analytical abilities, particularly in analysing experimental/research results and report on findings.
  5. Demonstrated ability to independently manage a project involving significant logistics challenges.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a research team covering multiple disciplines.
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, effectively conveying complex information and contribute to research reports and publications.

To view a copy of the Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

Applications close: 1PM Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Tuesday 12 December 2023

To apply, please use the following link:

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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