Professor – Ocean acidification

Job Reference: HAS 298/11
Type: Academic
Location: Hobart
School/Section: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
Appointment: Fixed-Term
Availability: Internal & External
Closing Date: Thursday, 15 December 2011

A unique opportunity exists for an eminent scientist to build an Ocean Acidification research program at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). The newly established Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is at the vanguard of a new era in Australian marine and Antarctic research, including the commissioning f the new national research vessel Investigator, expansion of the UTAS-hosted national Integrated Marine Observing system IMOS, and strengthened relationships with the major federal marine and Antarctic research organization in Tasmania (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australian Antarctic division(AAD) and with the State of Tasmania. IMAS will soon occupy a new $45 million landmark building on the Hobart waterfront.

In the Australian region the impacts of ocean acidification are expected to be most pronounced in the Southern Ocean. Existing research efforts in Hobart concentrate on coccolithophorids, foraminifera, pteropods, and krill, but future impacts could be felt through the entire Southern Ocean ecosystem, as well influence the critical climate roles this polar system provides to our Planet. The successful applicant will be expected to initiate and conduct independent and original research on Ocean Acidification with a focus on the Southern Ocean. Expertise in the disciplines of biogeochemistry, impact on commercially important living marine resources, impacts on micronutrient availability, and/or system modeling are especially encouraged.
This position will take advantage of the large critical mass of marine and Antarctic scientists at UTAS, CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research, and AAD. As a senior member of our academic staff, the person appointed to this position will be expected to take a strong strategic leadership role at UTAS, nationally, and internationally. The position will also contribute to the teaching program at UTAS, particularly at the graduate level, and take a key role in the supervision of graduate students, especially with the CSIRO-UTAS PhD program in Quantitative Marine Science and the new AAD-UTAS PhD program in Quantitative Antarctic Science.

The appointee will have an outstanding record of research in a mainstream field within marine science, a strong commitment to research in a mainstream field within marine science, a strong commitment to research and effective research training, and personal qualities necessary for collegial and effective relations with all sectors of academia, industry, and government. These attributes will enable the appointee to provide academic leadership to the promotion of marine and Antarctic education, training, research, and development, both nationally and internationally.
The appointment will be at Academic Level E and will be offered on a full-time basis for five (5) years, with renewal depending on funding and be located at IMAS in Hobart.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply as the University is seeking to increase the number of women in senior academic and administrative positions.
For further information about the position please contact the Executive Director, Professor Mike Coffine on telephone +61 3 62262959, or email

Relocation assistance will be provided in accordance with the UTAS Relocation Policy and Procedures.

The following occupational health and safety risk factors have been identified for this position:
Keyboard/Mouse Work, Repetitive physical actions, Driving, Sitting (including travelling between campuses) and/or standing for extended periods, Laboratory or Workshop activities, Working in remote locations, Use or care of experimental animals, Working under pressure, including working to constant deadlines and/or in the resolution of conflict

All potential applicants should take these risk factors into consideration when determining their capacity to undertake the duties of the position.
You may submit your application by post or fax – address and fax numbers are provided on the Final checklist for Applicants in the Job application Package – alternatively you may email your application to, Job announcement.

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