Research Associate / Fellow in Marine Remote Sensing
University of Western Australia Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

Research Associate / Research Fellow (Marine Remote Sensing)

Job no: 505000
Work type: Full time
Location: Crawley, Perth CBD
Categories: Science

Faculty of Science

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

  • Fixed term 2 year appointment, full-time basis
  • Salary range: Level A $70,936 p.a. – $95,464 p.a. or Level B $100,374 p.a. – $118,776 p.a. plus superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) is a collaboration between the University of Western Australia (UWA), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and West Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

The ICoAST project involves all IOMRC partners and will focus on several sites along Western Australia’s coast including World Heritage listed Shark Bay. The project has three dedicated research themes focusing on: remote sensing of physical processes in shallow marine habitats, remote sensing of benthic habitats, and molecular ecology.

About the opportunity

Under the supervision of the Remote Sensing of Physical Processes Research Theme leads, Dr Jeff Hansen and Dr Paul Branson, this position will focus on:

  • Evaluating and developing satellite remote sensing methods to measure bathymetry in optically deep waters.
  • Contribute to the development of a low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that fuses data from multiple sensors to accurately, routinely and cost-effectively measure bathymetry.
  • Investigate the opportunities to use novel time- and space-resolved drone measurements to observe wave and hydrodynamic processes over complex benthic habitats.

You will work in both local and remote fieldwork sites to collect ground truthing datasets, test new hardware, develop algorithms and machine-learning methods. This position will also offer you the opportunity to work closely with research staff across all research themes to integrate the remote sensing techniques to achieve broader project goals. You will also provide supervision and assist with the training of research students.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in Remote Sensing, Oceanography, Ocean Engineering, Mechatronics or related discipline
  • Relevant research experience in the development or application of remote sensing algorithms
  • Experience with data analysis using software such as Python or Matlab
  • Experience in preparing manuscripts for publication and giving presentations at conferences
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team

About you

To be successful in this position, you will possess experience in supervising and training undergraduate or postgraduate research students. You will be flexible and willing to participate in field activities involving overnight trips to remote locations.

A valid, or ability to obtain, a C Class driver’s license and CASA Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) will also be required for this position.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. 

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File Position Description - Research Associate or Fellow (Marine Remote Sensing).pdf 

Closing date: Tuesday,  20 October 2020

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).

Advertised: 22 Sep 2020 W. Australia Standard Time

Applications close: 20 Oct 2020 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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