Data Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Jun 2024

2 May 2024
Job Information

Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

1 Jun 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
  • Exciting opportunity to contribute to Australia’s new national coastal wave buoy network
  • Level 6, full-time appointment on a fixed term basis for 3 years
  • Base salary range: $87,460 – $92,430 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong 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

Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by the Australian government to undertake systematic observing of Australia’s marine environment. These observations produce data streams that are publicly available via the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) and support a range of research and operational activities across academic, government, and industry. The National Coastal Wave Buoy Facility is a new IMOS facility focused on greatly expanding sustained nearshore wave and temperature observations around Australia.

The IMOS National Coastal Wave Buoy Facility is hosted at the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Graduate School. The University of Western Australia Oceans Graduate School carries out fundamental research at an internationally recognised standard of excellence in the areas of the coastal dynamics and nearshore oceanography. It houses significant national ocean-related research infrastructure (including other IMOS Facilities) within its Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre complex at Crawley and within the Coastal and Offshore Research Laboratory at Shenton Park. Its scientific and technical expertise service a range of marine industries at both a national and international level. Our field-based research programs focus on the collection of a range of coastal datasets (e.g., waves, currents, bathymetry, and topography).

About the opportunity

As the appointee you will, under direction, contribute to and support on-going data collection and curation for the IMOS National Coastal Wave Buoy Facility. You will work closely with the Facility Manager and the AODN staff to develop approaches and workflows for the processing, quality control, visualisation and distribution of wave buoy data. You will contribute to applied research using Facility data and you will collaborate with Facility technical staff to develop testing and calibration protocols for facility infrastructure. You will also have to opportunity to participate in various aspects of the field data collection.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will demonstrate how you meet the following selection criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in physical oceanography, coastal engineering or data science, or demonstrated equivalent competency in a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in Matlab and/or Python and development of code repositories using collaborative approaches (i.e. GitHub)
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills, organisational skills, and the demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team
  • Relevant experience with analysis of ocean wave data or other oceanographic data sets is desirable
  • Relevant experience using a range of marine field instruments, including the preparation, deployment/retrieval, downloading and post-processing of field data is desirable

Note the below are required of the successful applicant:

  • Some after-hours work may be required
  • Able to meet the physical requirements of the position
  • Occasional travel within the state may be required
  • Occasional interstate and international travel may be required

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Data Officer 517229.pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Saturday, 1 June 2024

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Michael Cuttler at [email protected]  

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 and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at [email protected] with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Additional Information
Work Location(s)
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Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)

Where to apply


Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)


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