Biogeochemical Oceanographer

Date Posted: 4 Dec 2023

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Bring your biogeochemistry expertise into a varied role managing the Australian BGC Argo floats
  • Work with Argo robotic floats that are helping us in better understanding our oceans
  • Exciting ongoing role with CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!


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!


In this position as the Biogeochemical Oceanographer, you will be joining our dynamic ‘Southern Ocean’ research team, and will have a primary focus of managing the Biogeochemical (BGC) Argo floats as part of our major ‘Argo’ project. The IMOS Biogeochemical Argo sub-facility deploys BGC Argo floats in scientifically important areas of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, surrounding seas and the Southern Ocean. Bringing your domain expertise and project management skills into the role, you will be the IMOS BGC-Argo leader for CSIRO, ensuring that the Australian BGC Argo remains at the state-of-the-art standard, and gets opportunities to deploy floats in key scientific experiments. You will effectively manage the project deliverables and quality assurance procedures, as well as interact with the wider Argo project to plan the floats deployments, and develop opportunities to deploy the BGC Argo floats. Although the BGC-Argo program would be the key focus of this role, you will still have the opportunity to collaborate and participate in other related projects to develop your skills and experience in the field.


If you have a passion in contributing to monitoring our oceans with robotic floats, and an interest in being a key player in a critical research project, this will be an exciting opportunity for you!


Your duties will include:

  • Monitoring and maintaining the real-time operations of the BGC-Argo Australia program, including the processing and dissemination of data in real-time.
  • Liaising with the Argo project coders, overseeing the maintenance of an existing suite of software, and contributing to the development of the next generation of software to future-proof the program.
  • Working in close relation with the Core Argo team for the Temperature and Salinity standard quality monitoring, and overseeing the quality assurance and quality control of the other sensors specific to BGC Argo.
  • Managing and monitoring the performance of the operational BGC floats, including analysing their data return and engineering metrics to identify floats that may be developing problems (e.g., slow leaks, groundings, sensor issues), and providing timely adjustment for BGC sensors to the Real Time processing chain.
  • Ensuring the Delayed Mode QC and continuing the development of MATLAB tools.
  • Maintaining engagement with the International Argo Data Management Team, and International BGC-Argo teams to ensure that Argo Australia’s data standards comply with international requirements and best practice.


Location: Hobart, TAS

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

Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time

Reference: 95279


To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in biogeochemistry.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing research projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Argo program and experience with the chain of activities involved.
  • Experience in interacting with a wide range of collaborators (technical personnel, scientists, operators) internal and external to the organisation.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Desirable: Existing knowledge of the BGC-Argo component 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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