First listed on: 09 September 2022

Hydrographic Surveyor / Marine Geophysicist (2 positions)


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The Opportunity

  • Two positions available providing key services to CSIRO’s Marine National Facility – the RV Investigator 
  • Support scientific research both onshore and at sea 
  • Work in an impactful role at CSIRO and really make a difference!

CSIRO’s National Collections and Marine Infrastructure business unit is offering unique opportunities for two hydrographic surveyors or marine geophysicists to join their growing Scientific Data Systems group in Hobart.  

You will work in a diverse team providing scientific support on the RV Investigator, undertaking survey planning, acquisition, processing and interpretation of marine geophysical data in support of scientific voyages. Each position will provide sea-going support for up to 85 days per year. Field work experience and any familiarity with echosounders, other acoustic systems, potential field marine geophysical sensors, seismic acquisition and processing, equipment maintenance would be highly advantageous. Whilst onshore, you will be engaged in data processing, technique development, data management, and voyage preparation activities.

In this role you will:

  • As part of a team, operate and maintain hydrographic & marine geophysical equipment, and undertake hydrographic surveys from various survey platforms. 
  • Liaise with stakeholders on all aspects of survey planning, survey, data collection and processing.
  • Process and interpret bathymetric and other geophysical data sets at sea and on shore.
  • Undertake maintenance, repair and calibration of survey systems and sensors, as required.
  • Participate in the planning of projects, data analysis, interpretation and communication of results.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: AU$87k - AU$98k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite – Full-time
Reference: 88133

To be considered you will need:

  • A tertiary qualification and/or equivalent work experience in Hydrographic Surveying, Spatial Sciences, Marine Geophysics, Earth Science or a related field.
  • A working knowledge of the theory and practise of hydrographic surveying or marine geophysics, acquiring hydrographic or marine geophysical data as well as water column acoustic data.
  • The ability to process and interpret hydrographic or geophysical data including acquisition software, data storage formats and transfer techniques.
  • Excellent record-keeping skills and the ability to clearly communicate scientific concepts.
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and contribute novel ideas in support of scientific investigations.
  • The ability to provide a high level of technical support at sea up to 85 days per year on voyages of up to 8 weeks’ duration.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details 


  • Applications are open to Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.
  • To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Thursday 29 September, 2022 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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