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Postdoctoral Research in Associate in Physical Oceanography

Hobart, Australia
$78,499 to $125, 712 plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
24 Mar 2024

Job Details

  • Vital role which serves the needs of industry, government, and the community
  • Innovative and high-quality research
  • Full time, Fixed-Term for up to 3 years, based in Hobart

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Physical Oceanography in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies which is part of the College of Sciences and Engineering.

The position is funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Unraveling ocean mixing and air-sea forcing along the Indo-Pacific exchange”, a collaborative project with investigators from the University of Tasmania, CSIRO Environment and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The aim of the project is to collect unprecedented observations using novel profiling floats and to develop high resolution model simulations to examine changes in the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) north of Australia. The main objectives of the project are to quantify internal wave characteristics and mixing that accomplish the cooling and freshening of the ITF, changes in the ITF vertical structure within the seas, and interactions with the atmosphere. This project expects to develop new knowledge of ocean-atmosphere interactions along the path of the ITF from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, which are the powerhouse that drives changes in winds and rainfall around Australia and the entire Indo-Pacific region. This ARC project enables a significant Australian contribution to a major international field experiment, Measurements and Modeling of the Indonesian Throughflow (MINTIE), which is a collaboration between USA, Indonesia, China and Australia.

What you’ll do:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Undertake high-quality research/scholarly activities as a member of our team, in order to meet and regularly exceed the University’s research performance expectations for your career stage.
  • Work collaboratively to achieve collective as well as individual outcomes.
  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly ranked journals and presenting to peers at local, national and global conferences and seminars.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community
  • Take on leadership opportunities that arise and contribute to the collegiate life of IMAS such as contributing to Honours and PhD supervision, leading workshops, providing guest lectures, etc.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • A PhD in Physical Oceanography or an equivalent field.
  • Knowledge of atmosphere/ocean dynamics and climate processes and postdoctoral experience commensurate with the level of appointment, as demonstrated by a record of quality publications.
  • High level quantitative skills, as demonstrated through analysis and interpretation of complex ocean/atmosphere datasets or numerical simulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and independently, with a capacity to set and prioritize strategic research direction to achieve scientific goals and funding milestones.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a research team to achieve collective as well as individual outcomes.
  • A record of contributing to building and maintaining effective and productive networks within the discipline and wider community.

Other Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in research related to the Indo-Pacific exchange and/or the dynamics of internal waves and mixing.

Salary details

Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or level B and can have a total remuneration package of up to $147,083 comprising base salary within the range of $78,499 to $125, 712 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role
  • Your detailed response to the success criteria from the Position Description below
  • For further information about this position, please contact Associate Professor Helen Phillips, Deputy Centre Head, Oceans and Cryosphere,  or +61 3 6226 2994
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.
  • Please refer to the attached Position Description Below for full details. Level A appointment is anticipated for a successful candidate who has recently completed their PhD. Level B appointment will be considered for a candidate with 3 or more years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

Download File PD - 499704 - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physical Oceanography Level-A.pdf

Download File PD - 499704 - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physical Oceanography Level-B.pdf

Applications close Sunday, 24 March 2024, 11.55pm


The University of Tasmania can only ever be as good as the people who choose to work with us; our staff and students are our most important asset. Realisation of our vision is dependent on a talented workforce, committed to the innovative thinking required to conceptualise and operationalise our strategy and accomplish our objectives. By building rewarding careers and a healthy and engaged workforce and culture, the University will continue to be an employer of choice.

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