Job no: 496508
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Research Focused

Research Associate – Spatial Systems Ecologist

Australian Antarctic Program Partnership 

  • Full time, fixed term opportunity for three (3) years
  • Based in Hobart, IMAS Waterfront building

The AAPP brings together government and non-government entities to deliver and lead a significant part of the national Antarctic science program. The partnership is led by the University of Tasmania (UTAS), and includes the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Tasmanian State Government and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System.

The Opportunity

The Research Associate – Spatial Systems Ecologist will lead the analysis of a range of data collected through innovative bioacoustics, field observation, and experiments on recent AAPP voyages e.g. Trends in Euphausiids off Mawson, Predators, and Oceanography (TEMPO) Voyage, to understand the drivers of krill distributions and its ecosystem, and provide model projections under the future environment. The successful applicant will provide strong quantitative and analytical skills to the activities of the group, be a productive and innovative researcher capable of initiating and driving independent research ideas as well as supporting the work of others.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Work collaboratively with other team members on research to combine field observations and data from experimental studies on krill and other zooplankton to provide prediction of the regional scale responses to climate change.
  • Work collaboratively across the AAPP and related national and international initiatives to assess the likely future of the sea-ice ecosystem in East Antarctica at spatial and time scales relevant for research end-users including policy makers and resource managers.
  • Undertake and publish high-quality research of national and international standing.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective stakeholder relationships with AAPP partners and their national and international collaborators.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate:

  • PhD in a relevant area of science.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national and preferably international recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of ecology (particularly krill and/or other zooplankton), demonstrated by a record of quality publications, presentations at conferences and preferably success in securing external competitive and other funding.
  • Proven skillset for the design of shipboard observational and experimental strategies and the ability to link these studies with bio-acoustics and other remote-sensing approaches operating at a range of temporal and spatial scales.
  • Comprehensive lab skills such as for testing bioacoustics, along with strong quantitative and analytical skills for data interpretation.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective and productive links, nationally and internationally.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $136,519 comprising base salary within the range of $100,508 to $116,683 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply:

  • To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the position/success criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact So Kawaguchi (03 6232 3216),
  • Please visit  for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.
  • Due to expectations to potentially work at sea or in Antarctica, shortlisted candidates will be required to be certified fit by a medical authority prior to interview.
  • Successful applicants will be required to meet the security and safety standards of partner organisations when working at partner organisation sites or on field trips with partner organisations.

Applications close Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 11.55pm

 Position Description – Spatial Systems Ecologist.pdf

Advertised: 15 Oct 2021 Tasmania Daylight Time
Applications close: 16 Nov 2021 Tasmania Daylight Time

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