First listed on: 16 September 2022

Biogeochemical Modeller


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Use your knowledge of marine biogeochemistry to make a difference in research
  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment
  • Join CSIRO – Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency – in an ongoing role!

CSIRO tries to understand Australia's variable and changing climate and how it will allows industries and communities to increase their resilience, prepare and respond, particularly in relation to natural disasters and it provides information about the health of the atmosphere. CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere business unit provides the large-scale multidisciplinary science to inform the use of Australia's marine environment. We develop tools for decision-making in coastal regions and provide scientific support to authorities and industries responsible for the sustainable management and use of Australian and international fisheries.

CSIRO is developing numerous Biogeochemical models, from simple oceanic NPZD to the more complex multi-nutrient multi-planktonic size class and benthic component coastal model. Joining our wider Oceans research group, as a Biogeochemical Modeller, you will be responsible for configuring these biogeochemical models in a wide range of projects centred around climate and carbon cycle.

You’ll be actively involved in our existing national collaborations like, COSIMA-2 (Consortium for Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling in Australia), ACCESS-NRI (The Australian Community Climate and Earth-System Simulator weather models), and apply your expertise to build on current models, as well as lead the future development and application of marine biogeochemical models, to enhance our research capabilities.

If you have excellent ocean modelling skills and marine biogeochemistry knowledge, this would be a great opportunity for you to collaborate with a dynamic group of scientists and industry experts! CSIRO will offer you excellent career development and professional support, and we are strongly committed to diversity and supporting flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Using the knowledge and understanding of ocean chemistry, biology and physics to develop and apply biogeochemical models.
  • Collaboratively working with teams of scientists to utilise the unique and novel observations collected by CSIRO and deliver new insights into marine biogeochemical processes.
  • Undertaking high-quality research of international standing and communicating and publishing that research in reputed forums.
  • Proactively contributing to CSIRO’s engagement in collaborative ventures such as the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership, the Integrated Marine Observing System, and the OceanSITES global network of time series observations.
  • Ensuring that the project milestones are met on time, within the budgets and as per the research plans.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$102K – AU$111K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time
Reference: 87109

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience, in a relevant field, such as marine biogeochemistry or ocean modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to configure and apply marine biogeochemical models in 3D ocean circulation models.
  • Experience in the development and/or interpretation of numerical models of the ocean and the analysis of large and complex models and observation data sets.
  • Experience effectively using High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and technologies.
  • Demonstrated success in publishing innovative and high impact results that advance our understanding of marine biogeochemical processes.
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team to collaboratively tackle challenging research problems.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (visa sponsorship may be provided to the successful candidate if required). 

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. Please refer to the position description for the ‘special requirements’ specific to this role. 

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

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

20 October 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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