2015_09: Acoustic and optical position at CSIRO

The role of Research Scientist staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with
CSIRO’s strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific
industry (e.g. fisheries) or community problems. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in
securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts

The Acoustic and Optical Research Scientist will work with cutting edge acoustic and optical technologies for primarily ecosystem
assessments. New technologies include vessel/towed/profiling/moored active acoustic and optical instrumentation, narrow and
broadband acoustic technology and stereo optical technology. The successful applicant will go to sea to collect calibrated acoustic and optical data and analyse the data to both improve the methodology and provide ecological assessments. They will liaise with other
researchers, vessel operators to ensure data is collected to required standards and be able to make innovative decisions. These
innovative decisions will be used to develop projects and provide unique cost effective solutions to key ecological problems. They will
be responsible for the application design, at sea operation, interpretation, synthesis and reporting/publication. This will require
application of knowledge to instrument development/calibration, data management, quality control and processing of large volume
acoustic and optical data.
Specifically you will:
· Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new,
existing and further research.
· With limited supervision, be responsible for the development, operation, analysis and interpretation of data from cutting
edge acoustic and optical technologies for fisheries, seabed and ecosystem assessments.
· Maintain, and further enhance, relationships with industry to ensure data is collected that meets research and application
· Develop robust instrument calibration and data management procedures.
· Develop innovative data processing methods to improve knowledge, efficiency and provide quantitative metrics and
associated data quality indicators.
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Salary: AU$92K to AU$100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 3761
To be successful in this position you will have:
· A doctorate and or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as physics and/or engineering.
· Willingness and demonstrated ability to work at sea.
· The ability and willingness to obtain an ASPEN Certificate of Medical Fitness for seagoing positions.
· Demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding of applied marine ecosystem acoustics and optics from application
design, instrumentation needs, at sea operation, interpretation, synthesis and reporting/publication.
· High level numerical and computing skills, demonstrated using software packages such as MatLab, R or similar programming
languages that have been applied to large data sets and physics based models with statistical interpretations.
· Demonstrated ability to work at sea and interact effectively with diverse external clients (e.g. fishing industry and other
research institutes).
Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is one of the largest and most diverse
scientific organisations in the world. By igniting the creative spirit of our people, we deliver great science and innovative solutions that
benefit industry, society and the environment. Find out more at www.csiro.au
For further information and to apply online for the position of Acoustic and Optical Research Scientist please visit our website at
www.csiro.au/careers, choose « Current Vacancies » and insert Reference Number 3761 where indicated.
Applications close Friday, 25 September 2015 (11:59pm AEST)