Lecturer in Physical Oceanography – University of Tasmania


  • Full time, fixed term (3 year) position
  • Based in Hobart
  • Contribute to further develop IMAS’s reputation for world-class research in marine and Antarctic science.

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Physical Oceanography with experience and/or expertise in marine heatwaves research. The appointee will be employed within the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), which is part of the College of Sciences and Engineering (COSE) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Across the University and IMAS’s key external partners of CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Hobart’s marine and Antarctic research community numbers ~1,000 staff. This critical mass and the strong collaboration across the University, CSIRO and AAD makes Hobart, and UTAS, a compelling destination for cutting edge marine and climate science in temperate and Antarctic environments. CSIRO has field-leading observational and modelling expertise spanning climate, carbon, cryosphere and ecosystems.

The research component of this position is funded by the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Climate Systems Hub to contribute to meeting contractual milestones in the Oceans and Coasts project. NESP research is co-designed with the Australian government to deliver pathway to impact for the benefit of sustainable goals and society.

The Opportunity 

This academic position will comprise 50% research and 50% teaching+service contributions. As the successful candidate, you will work to progress understanding of marine heatwaves around Australia, marine heatwave projections under climate change, and their risks to ecology and society. You will contribute to, and benefit from, being a part of the nation-wide NESP community, collaborating with senior and postdoctoral researchers in NESP and more broadly across IMAS/UTAS and partner programs. Through the teaching+service component of the position, you will contribute to the IMAS Oceans and Cryosphere Centre’s undergraduate and postgraduate training programs, assist with efficient Centre operation, and will gain broad experience in a full academic position. IMAS provides a supportive and enriching workplace for its staff and students through its strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and wellbeing initiatives.

The successful candidate will undertake research in this highly interdisciplinary area, guided by co-design, building on existing strengths in IMAS in climate science, oceanography and biogeochemistry, new technologies and emerging datasets. The successful candidate is expected to explore opportunities and apply for relevant competitive research grants, publish their findings in high-profile international peer-reviewed journals and work with NESP knowledge brokers to better engage with, and communicate the findings to the Australian government, NESP stakeholders and the broader community.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to recruit and co-supervise higher-degree research students at IMAS in marine heatwaves research and collaborate with leading scientists and research organisations both domestically and internationally. IMAS has outstanding national and international connections, including CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership (AAPP), the ARC Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS), ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub, the Australian Antarctic Division, and the Consortium for Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling in Australia (COSIMA).

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Work within the NESP Climate Systems Hub Oceans and Coasts Project, guided by codesign with the Australian government, to progress understanding of marine heatwaves and future climate change projections, marine heatwave connections between the open ocean and coastal regions, and risks to ecology and society.
  • Undertake high-quality research of national and increasingly of international standing, apply for external competitive and other funding, publish research findings and contribute to the successful supervision of Honours and research higher degree students, in order to meet and regularly exceed the University’s research performance expectations for your appointment level.
  • Undertake scholarly undergraduate and/or postgraduate coursework teaching of a high quality.
  • Contribute to the coordination of IMAS teaching and postgraduate training through roles such as unit coordinator or graduate research coordinator

Your Application 

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

  • A PhD or equivalent in fluid dynamics, physical oceanography, atmospheric science, applied mathematics or an equivalent field.
  • Knowledge of climate processes, particularly atmosphere/ocean dynamics.
  • Experience in analysing large datasets and/or model outputs to develop understanding of ocean or climate variability and related physical processes.
  • A strong record in, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national and preferably international recognition and made innovative contributions to the field, demonstrated by a record of high-quality publications, presentations at conferences and applications for external competitive funding.
  • Commitment to undertake research that will contribute to meeting contractual milestones in the NESP Climate Systems Hub, related to connecting offshore marine heatwaves to the coast and environmental and societal risk.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $136,519 comprising base salary within the range of $100,508 to $116,683 plus 17% superannuation.

COVID-19 Update: 

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

How to Apply 

  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
    • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role;
    • Your CV;
    • Your responses to the success criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Professor Neil Holbrook, Centre Head, Oceans & Cryosphere, Neil.Holbrook@utas.edu.au or (03) 6226 2027.
  • Please visit https://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 11.55pm 


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