Associate Professor in Oceanography – University of Queensland

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is a vibrant, multidisciplinary School with extensive teaching and research programs covering the fields of Geology, Geophysics, Geography, Environmental Science and Management, Occupational Health and Safety Sciences and Urban and Regional Planning.

Our interconnected teams of earth, environmental and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management. Researchers, teachers and students from around the world are drawn to our vibrant academic environment at UQ’s stunning St Lucia campus.

UQ’s research excellence across the earth and environmental sciences is world renowned, and is reflected by our consistent high ranking in respected global league tables. The School also has an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants and a strong record of high quality publications.

SEES hosts world-class research facilities including a Centre for for Geoanalytical Mass Spectrometry and has access to unique fieldwork locations in Australia and abroad. These include UQ marine research stations at Heron Island and Moreton Bay. Through ANZIC SEES is also involved in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

The role

UQ has a well-established program in biological oceanography. SEES is working to expand UQ activity in other aspects of oceanography, both to complement existing activity and to develop links into earth and environmental sciences. We are now looking to expand our program in oceanography and marine geology through the appointment of a high calibre individual to generate new directions in research and teaching in either chemical or physical oceanography.

SEES is seeking to fill a position in physical/chemical oceanography/ paleoceanography/ marine geology at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor level. The position is offered as a Teaching and Research (T&R) role and the successful candidate will be expected to perform teaching, research and service and engagement duties. The appointee will be both expected and encouraged to develop an independent program of research.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field of physical/chemical oceanography/ paleoceanography/ marine geology. You should also be able to provide evidence of effective teaching practices and an ability to provide high level teaching and learning outcomes. Your track record should demonstrate outstanding contributions to research, including peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and a history of success in attracting funding through competitive grant schemes.

The successful candidates will have an ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote academic discipline at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies. Appointment at any given level within the Academic Level B-D range will be dependent upon the Selection Panel’s assessment of the individual’s track record and experience.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, continuing appointment at Academic level B-D. The remuneration package will be in the below ranges, plus superannuation contribution of up to 17%.

  • Level B will be in the range of $92,142 – $109,419 p.a., (total package will be in the range of $107,807 – $128,020 p.a);
  • Level C will be in the range of $112,874 – $130,150 p.a, (total package will be in the range of $132,063 – $152, 276 p.a.);
  • Level D will be in the range of $135,909 – $149,731 p.a., (total package will be in the range of $159,014 – $175,185).

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