Physical Oceanographer

Date Posted: 4 Dec 2023

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Play a key role in managing major ocean & marine observations programs
  • Work with Argo robotic floats that are helping us in better understanding our oceans
  • Grow your research career with CSIRO in a multifaceted ongoing role!


CSIRO provides large-scale multidisciplinary science to inform the use of Australia's marine environment, and is a leading organisation in developing tools for decision making in coastal regions and providing scientific support to authorities and industries responsible for the sustainable management and use of Australian and international oceans & fisheries. Through our innovative research, state-of-the-start facilities, and trusted national & international collaborations, we continuously strive to deliver science with real impact!


Joining one of our talented oceans research groups as a Physical Oceanographer, you will pay a vital multifaceted role in supporting two of CSIRO’s critical projects:

  • Real-Time Argo’ Program – We're part of a major international effort to improve our understanding of the ocean through the use of a global array of robotic floats, known as Argo floats. As a key member of this program, you will assist in managing the real-time Argo operations, by coordinating between technical teams, assisting in the preparations, and ensuring that the Argo floats deployments are effective, and that quality assurance checks are integrated to optimise the value of the collected data.
  • Ocean Currents’ Project – taking a lead role in managing this project, you will be responsible for ensuring the integration of a range of marine observations in the Australian region to serve a wide community of users. You will bring your domain expertise, and your well-developed leadership, project management and science communication skills to effectively supervise the website operations, the production of content for regular communications, the maintenance of its large data storage, as well as the coordination between different technical and research teams.


If you have a keen interest in ocean observations and being part of a multi-disciplinary research team that deliver impactful science, this ongoing position would be a great platform for you to grow your skills and career. So, apply now!


Your duties will include:

  • Managing the real time operations of the Australian Argo program, including the processing and dissemination of data in real-time.
  • Maintaining an existing suite of software, written in Matlab and Python, and contributing to the development of the next generation of software to future-proof the program.
  • Developing new tools to monitor the performance of operational floats., including analysing their data return and engineering metrics to identify floats that may be developing problems (e.g., slow leaks, groundings).
  • Maintaining engagement with the International Argo Data Management Team, to ensure that Argo Australia’s data standards comply with international requirements and best practice.
  • Maintaining existing products for the OceanCurrent website using existing software.
  • Helping develop new OceanCurrent products, ensuring compatibility of code for use by other team members.


Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: AU$105K – AU$114K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time

Reference: 95261


To be considered you will need:

  • A master’s degree or higher tertiary qualifications in physical oceanography.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing research projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Argo program and experience with the chain of activities involved.
  • Experience in using, analysing and preparing a diverse range of ocean observations, including in situ and remote sensing, in scientific work.
  • Experience interacting with a wide range of collaborators (technical personnel, scientists, operators) internal and external to the organisation.
  • Demonstrated capability to use diverse programming languages (Matlab, Python, Linux environment and automation procedures).
  • Desirable: Existing knowledge of the ‘Ocean currents’ project, its content, data providers, users and stakeholders would be highly beneficial.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.



To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be either an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


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How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.


Applications Close

7 December 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

11:00 PM

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