Research Associate in Southern Ocean Spatial and Community Ecology
University of Tasmania

Research Associate in Southern Ocean Spatial and Community Ecology

Job no: 494733

Work type: Full time

Location: Hobart

Categories: Academic - Research Focus

Research Associate in Southern Ocean Spatial and Community Ecology 

  • Full time, fixed term position
  • 2.5 Year appointment
  • Based in Hobart

IMAS is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research and education. Our vision is to develop environmental understanding and facilitate sustainable development for the benefit of industry, governments and communities in Tasmania, Australia and the world.

The Opportunity

conduct research on an Australian Antarctic Science Program (AASP) project that will map, predict and monitor ecological change in the Southern Ocean. The project aims to provide scientific information on the ecological impacts of climate change and other drivers on key components of the Southern Ocean ecosystem to facilitate evidence-based monitoring, management and policy decisions

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to IMAS and the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities through delivering agreed outputs on the AASP project Mapping, predicting and monitoring ecological change in the Southern Ocean.
  • Undertake high-quality research of national and increasingly of international standing. Specifically; collate long-term ecological and environmental datasets; lead high-level statistical analyses to understand spatio-temporal changes in key assemblages and their drivers; make future predictions on the distribution of species and assemblages; conduct simulation studies to examine the efficacy of monitoring designs; manage data and make data products accessible using the FAIR principles.
  • Publish research findings in high-quality journals, present research findings at relevant national and international conferences and forums, distil and present key findings into formats appropriate for a range of audiences and stakeholders, including policy and management end-users.
  • Contribute to the successful supervision of research higher degree students.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community. This includes successful collaboration and liaison with IMAS, Australian and international scientists, and industry and government representatives.


Your Application

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

  • A PhD in spatial ecology, distribution modelling, Southern Ocean ecology or other relevant field.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of spatial and/or Southern Ocean ecology demonstrated by a record of quality publications, presentations at conferences, and successful grant applications.
  • A record of contributing to building and maintaining effective and productive links locally and nationally with the discipline, profession, industry and wider community.
  • A creative and skilled individual with drive, initiative, and integrity.
  • Demonstrated ability to both carry out independent research and work as part of a team.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $133,842 comprising base salary within the range of $98,537 to $114,395 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/selection criteria
  • For further information about this position, please contact Nicole Hill, Research Fellow - Marine Biodiversity Modelling, or 6226 6992.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Friday, 5 June 2020, 11.55pm

Download File PD - Research Associate in Southern Ocean Spatial and Community Ecology.pdf

Advertised: 08 May 2020 Tasmania Standard Time

Applications close: 05 Jun 2020 Tasmania Standard Time

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