Field Engineer in Tidal Energy

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
26 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) is a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania. The National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics (NCMEH) offers specialist programmes in naval architecture, maritime, ocean, and offshore engineering. The Centre operates an internationally renowned suite of research and training facilities including: towing tank, model test basin, cavitation research laboratory), control laboratory and AUV laboratory. AMC's other facilities include training vessels, state-of-the-art marine simulation centre, survival centres and engineering workshops. These facilities provide the infrastructure to conduct world class research and a unique student experience.

AMC are undertaking an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) project under the Advancing Renewable Programme titled Tidal Energy in Australia - Assessing Resource and Feasibility to Australia's Future Energy Mix. This project is in collaboration with CSIRO and The University of Queensland (UQ) and supported by industry partners and international research organisations. This project will map Australia's tidal energy feasibility in unprecedented detail and assess its ability to contribute to Australia's energy needs.

The Field Engineer, as critical member of the ARENA project team is tasked with design, planning, and operational management of the field campaign at the project's two case study sites. The role will make an effective and sustained contribution to the project research team in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities to the University, ARENA and project partners. The Field Engineer is also a member of the Marine Renewable Energy Group within the NCMEH.

In this role you will:

  • Be responsible for the end to end planning and operational management of the ARENA Project's two case study sites including data collection and security.
  • Plan and manage the logistics of the ARENA Project's field campaign ensuring field activity meets relevant approved project commitment and compliance requirements including, but not limited to the procurement and deployment of plant, equipment, staffing, and contractor resources within defined expense budgets.
  • Prepare, deploy, and retrieving a wide variety of marine research instrumentation including: current and turbulence probes; Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CDT) pressure instrumentation, hydrophones, multi-beam and/or sub-bottom profilers.
  • Undertake scientific, technical, and field report writing for the ARENA Project.

You will be employed on a full-time, fixed-term (2 Year) basis.

To be considered, you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a marine engineering field such as: ocean engineering, coastal engineering, physical oceanography or a related discipline.
  • Experience in planning and operational management of engineering research fieldwork.
  • Experience in preparing, deploying, maintaining and retrieving a wide variety of marine instrumentation, including current and turbulence probes, CTDs, hydrophones, multi-beam and/or sub-bottom profilers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of electronic instrumentation and PC systems including instrument calibration, testing and fault-finding of electronics equipment.
  • Competence in computer programming languages (such as Fortran, C, Matlab, Python, database applications) to calibrate, verify, and process scientific data streams.
  • Excellent communication skills including scientific, technical, and field report writing.

Appointment to this position will be at HEO 6 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $95,962 comprising base salary within the range of $75,022 to $82,019 plus 17% superannuation.

For further information about this position please contact Associate Professor Irene Penesis, AMC ARENA, Project Lead, / 03 6324 9770

**Please note, your application must as a minimum include your resume, a cover letter and your responses to the position/selection criteria. The position description for this role is available on the University of Tasmania website.

Applications close Monday 14 August 2017.