First listed on: 28 June 2022

Marine Biogeochemist


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The Opportunity

  • Are you an experienced Marine Biogeochemist?
  • Apply your understanding of seawater chemistry to support multiple coastal and marine projects
  • Join CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere and make a difference!

Research conducted within CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere (O&A) provides for the large-scale multidisciplinary sciences that inform the use and conservation of Australia's marine environments. We develop tools for decision making in coastal-marine regions and provide scientific support to and industries, society, and authorities responsible for the sustainable management and use of Australian biodiversity and national and international fisheries.

The role of Research Scientist Staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.

Based in the Ocean Carbon Observations team in Hobart the role of Marine Biogeochemist will be responsible for data synthesis and interpretation as well as the acquisition of new observations in the Australian and Southern Ocean region.

Your duties will include:


  • Under the supervision of and in collaborations with senior researchers utilise understanding of seawater chemistry, to lead the synthesis of biogeochemical data for delivery to international networks.
  • Contribute to ocean carbon research via visualization of observations and model output to meet project milestones on time and within budgets 
  • Participate in field campaigns on research vessels including repeat hydrographic sections and Southern Ocean process studies (typical duration 3-8 weeks).
  • Contribute to laboratory analysis of ocean carbon samples using existing bench-top instrumentation and sensors under development.
  • Working effectively with multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed, research teams, to undertake independent scientific investigations and carry out/delegate associated tasks under broad guidance from more senior Research Scientists/Engineers.

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF6)


  • Lead field campaigns on research vessels including repeat hydrographic sections and Southern Ocean process studies (typical duration 3-8 weeks).
  • Contribute to CSIRO engagement in collaborative ventures such as the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership (, the Integrated Marine Observing System (, the International Biogeochemical Argo program (, and the OceanSITES global network of time series observations (
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Hobart
Salary: AU$102,724 - $138,176 + up to 15.4% superannuation
*NB: This position is offered across two levels, the appointment level will be determined by the qualifications, skills, and relevant experience of the successful candidate
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years.
Reference:  85310

To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.



  • A doctoral degree in a relevant discipline area, such as marine chemistry, marine geochemistry, marine biogeochemistry, or chemical oceanography.  
  • Experience in the collection and analysis of dissolved inorganic carbon, alkalinity, oxygen, nutrient, and other biogeochemical samples.
  • Demonstrated publishing in high impact science. 
  • Capacity to work at sea for extended periods, including in rough seas and in the Southern Ocean (which requires passing comprehensive Australian national medical examinations). 


  • Track record in the maintenance of instrumentation and sensor calibrations, and in the documentation of analytical procedures and results
  • Experience in the handling and manipulation of large observation data sets and/or model output. 

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF6), the following essential/desirable criteria will  also be required:



  • Capability in synthesis of biogeochemical data for marine carbon cycle research, including quantitative data visualization, analysis and interpretation using numerical methods.
  • Demonstrated success in publishing high impact science in the field of marine biogeochemistry.
  • Experience working at sea for extended periods.


  • Track record in the maintenance of instrumentation and sensor calibrations, and in the documentation of analytical procedures and results.
  • Strong computer programming skills, including demonstrated experience with software such as Matlab.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description here.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates. Visa sponsorship will be provided if required.

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

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 31st July 2022 at 11PM AEST.

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