First listed on: 14 June 2019

Research Projects Technical Officer

The Opportunity
  • Participate in field measurement campaigns including research vessel-based missions.
  • Configure and operate menu-driven instrument software. 
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

The Position
The Aquatic Remote Sensing team in the Coasts program in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere is seeking to appoint a Research Project Officer to specialise in bio-optical field measurements. 

Existing inland water quality data for Australia is scarce but what data we have shows that Australia's inland water quality is declining. CSIRO in collaboration with Geoscience Australia, aims to develop a nationally applicable inland water monitoring capability with an operational and technical focus. This involves measuring the optical properties of inland water systems and comparing them to remote sensing signals from space. 

The project team will measure the absorption, attenuation and backscattering of light in reservoirs and lakes in NSW, Victoria (within the Murray Darling Basin) and WA. These measurements will be used to model the remote sensing signal (the colour of the water surface determined by the amount of reflected light at different wavelengths) that can be used to parameterise the remote sensing models.

Your duties will include
  • Instrumentation maintenance and calibration as well as the mobilisation and demobilisation of instrumentation for field campaigns.
  • Participate in field measurement campaigns including research vessel-based missions.
  • Undertake processing and archiving of data.
  • Deploy instrument hardware, (as well as configuring and operating menu-driven instrument software). 

Location:     Black Mountain, Canberra
Salary:         CSOF3 AU$63K - AU$80K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Specified term of 2.5 years
Reference:   62107

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential selection criteria can be appointed.
1.    Relevant tertiary qualification or relevant work experience in water quality monitoring and assessment.
2.    Previous experience and/or a desire to participate in field measurement campaigns including research vessel-based missions. 
3.    The ability to lead/assist with remote field campaigns for up to 3 weeks at a time.
4.    Experience or the ability to undertake small boat operations including coxswain training.
5.    Experience or the ability to undertake processing and archiving of water quality data, under technical direction.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description.

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Flexible Working Arrangements

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. Balance


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23:59 AEST Sunday, 7th July, 2019.

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