First listed on: 23 August 2017

Technical Officer - Hydrochemist

  • Apply your expertise aboard the Marine National Facility vessel - RV Investigator.
  • Provide specialist marine chemistry services in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Join CSIRO Ocean & Atmosphere's Hydrochemistry team.

The Position

CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency which delivers world class science on behalf of the Australian people. The CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit provides the knowledge to manage Australia’s marine estate and atmospheric environment, plan and respond to weather and climate related natural hazards and ensure sustainable coastal development and growth of marine industries. 

The Engineering and technology research program has more than 70 staff located at three sites across Australia, and houses vertically integrated design, manufacture and operational teams. The program works to provide bespoke solutions to the challenges of observing the marine domain, and provides staff to support both lab and field science operations.

As a Hydrochemist you will work within in CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere’s Hydrochemistry Team.  The team is responsible for providing marine chemistry services specialising in sampling and chemical analysis of dissolved nutrients, salinity and oxygen in seawater. The hydrochemistry team’s major clients include the Marine National Facility vessel RV Investigator and the Integrated Ocean monitoring system (IMOS). The Hydrochemistry team operates a permanent seagoing chemistry laboratory on the RV Investigator as well as land-based laboratories in Hobart and Perth. Each laboratory is capable of low-level nutrient and high precision salinity and dissolved oxygen analysis.

Specifically you will:

  • Participate in scientific research voyages (up to 85 days a year) and contribute to the achievement of research objectives by carrying out analytical work to a very high standard under sometimes difficult conditions with minimum supervision.
  • Collect and analyse seawater samples for a variety of nutrient species including nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, phosphate and silicate, and salinity and dissolved oxygen whilst at sea, and with the application of specific quality control and quality assurance procedures.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, to carry out tasks under limited direction in support of scientific research.
  • Adapt and/or develop original techniques/procedures/equipment/ concepts/ideas in support of existing and further research.

Location:      Hobart, TAS
Salary:          $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Specified term of 2 years
Reference:   45161

To be successful you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications in chemistry, post graduate studies in marine chemistry or equivalent experience in chemistry with an emphasis on analytical chemistry and/or marine chemistry.
  • The ability to obtain a Certificate of Medical Fitness to a standard required by the Marine National Facility remote medical for seagoing operations and a Maritime Security Identification Card.
  • The ability to obtain a Certificate of Sea Safety Training issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in accordance with Marine Orders Part 3.
  • A willingness and ability to work at sea and to travel extensively in order to provide operational support in domestic or foreign ports for up to 60 days at a time.
  • Demonstrated capacity to use Quality Control and Quality Assurance procedures to monitor the accuracy and precision of methods and instrumentation used in the analysis of a range of chemical species.
  • Ability to use computers as control platforms for instrumentation used in chemical analysis, data entry, data manipulation, analysis of scientific results and to produce documentation and reports.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position Details Documents

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Find out more!  CSIRO Balance

CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere provides the knowledge to manage Australia's marine estate and atmospheric environment, plan for and respond to weather and climate related natural hazards and ensure sustainable coastal development and growth of marine industries.

How to Apply:  If you wish to apply for this position, please upload 1 document only containing your covering letter and resume that best demonstrates your ability to meet the requirements of the role.   

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 17 September 2017

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