First listed on: 10 March 2017

Acoustic and Optical Research Scientist

  • Work with cutting edge acoustic and optical technologies
  • Undertake science with real world impact
  • Join CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in this key role


The Position

An exciting opportunity is available for a suitably qualified and motivated individual at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

The Acoustic and Optical Research Scientist will work with cutting edge acoustic and photographic/video technologies to contribute to sustainable fisheries and ecosystem characterisation objectives. Technologies include vessel /towed /profiling /autonomous /moored narrow and broadband acoustic and single/stereo photographic/video technologies.

The successful applicant will provide tactical and strategic research input into instrument development /calibration, data management, quality control, processing and synthesis of large acoustic and photographic/video data sets. The role requires the innovative development and application of acoustic models (e.g. species target strength) and photographic/video measurements and automated processing algorithms providing unique cost effective solutions to key fisheries/ecological problems. These innovative solutions will be used to develop projects and be responsible for the application design, at sea operation, interpretation, synthesis and reporting/publication. An expected application is the use of acoustic and optical technologies for fisheries monitoring and biomass assessment within the fishing industry as well as basin scale ecosystem characterisation.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: $92K - $100K pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 5 years
Reference: 35105

 To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate and or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as physics, engineering, statistics and ecology with preferably 5 years of experience.
  • The ability and willingness to obtain a Certificate of Medical Fitness to a standard required for seagoing positions.
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding of applied marine ecosystem acoustics and quantitative photographic/video from application design, instrumentation needs, at sea operation, interpretation, synthesis and reporting/publication.
  • High level numerical and computing skills, demonstrated using software packages such as C++, MatLab, R or similar programming languages that were applied to analysis of large data sets and physics based models with statistical interpretations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work at sea and interact effectively with diverse external clients (e.g. fishing industry and other research institutes).
  • The ability to work effectively as a key member of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and, with a high degree of focus, carry out associated tasks under limited guidance, to achieve organisational goals, and, to self-organise and adapt to changing priorities and tasks.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations with demonstrated excellent record keeping and written and oral communication skills.

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

We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Our solutions make a difference to industry, people and the planet.

As Australia’s national science agency, we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for almost 90 years. Today we have thousands of talented people working across Australia and internationally. Our people work closely with industry and communities to leave a lasting legacy. Collectively, our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world.


CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere research is uniquely placed to deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia and the region. We seek to secure Australia’s future through our seas and skies.
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How to Apply:  Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter, ensuring that you have provided enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEDT, 16 April 2017

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