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22 January, 2024

Ocean Mapping Specialist

Hobart, Australia
Permanent, full time

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is seeking applications for an Ocean Mapping Specialist. The role will sit as a Technical Officer within Scientific Data Systems (SDS) Group as part of the Engineering and Technology Program in CSIRO’s National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI).

Based in CSIRO Laboratories in Hobart, the role will primarily support the Marine National Facility (MNF) blue water research vessel, RV Investigator.

In this role, the appointed individual will be responsible for providing technical sea-going support for approximately 85 days per year, participating in voyages that typically last between 2 to 8 weeks. While at sea, the Ocean Mapping Specialist will contribute to the science team during 12-hour shifts, engaging in planning, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of bathymetric, bioacoustic, and marine geophysical data.

Additionally, the appointee will be expected to actively participate in instrumentation testing and calibrations as needed.

Duties include:


  • A tertiary qualification and/or equivalent work experience in Ocean Mapping, Hydrographic Surveying, Spatial Sciences, Marine Science, or a related field.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the theory and practise of ocean mapping techniques and acquiring bathymetric, bioacoustic and/or marine geophysical data, particularly multibeam bathymetry, water column acoustics, and sub-bottom profiler data.

  • Demonstrated ability in the processing and interpretation of bathymetric, bioacoustic and/or geophysical data including acquisition software, data storage formats and transfer techniques.

  • Excellent recordkeeping skills and a demonstrated ability to clearly communicate scientific concepts verbally and in technical reports and papers.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively as part of a highly competent and committed team, and independently with minimal supervision.

  • 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.


  • Prior deepwater mapping experience working onboard blue-water research vessel(s).

  • Experience with Kongsberg & Simrad mapping systems (multibeam & bioacoustic sounders and sub-bottom profilers).

  • Experience with survey/mapping software packages (Caris, Qinsy, Qimera, Geocoder, Fledermaus, Echoview, ArcGIS/QGIS).

  • Working with one or more programming/scripting languages.

  • Demonstrated experience in data management.

  • Completed the CCOM JHC Multibeam Sonar Training course (MBCourse).

  • Relevant publication record.

More information

For more information on this role including the position description and how to apply, please visit the CSIRO website here.

Applications close:
31 January 11:00pm AEST

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