Jobs & Opportunities

Fellowships, scholarships, funding opportunities, training courses and jobs come an go frequently. There is a plethora of sponsors and institutes for the early career polar scientist who advertise these opportunities. An idea is to follow APECS Oceania on Facebook and Twitter, and to check out the Links & Supporters.

UTAS Research Associate

Research Associate – Oceanographic Analyst

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) hosts world-leading research strengths in Oceanography, Fisheries Sciences, Marine and Freshwater Biology, and Southern Ocean and Antarctic sciences. The research associate position will undertake active research in the Oceans and Cryosphere centre at IMASm, contributing substantively towards the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ‘The Role of Eastern Antarctic Polynyas in Global Ocean Circulation’.

Applications due 2nd December.

For more information click here.

UTAS PhD Opportunity

“GPS measurement of deformation of the Antarctic Plate”

Antarctica continues to deform as a result of past and present surface loading changes, especially ice loading changes, and Earthquake-related effects. Over the last 10 years, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have been increasingly deployed in Antarctica to measure surface deformation. These data are now yielding sufficiently precise surface velocity time series to be able to separate competing models and in doing so learn new things about the interior of the Earth and the past ice loading history.

This project will focus on the analysis of GPS data with state-of-the-art techniques in order to better understand the deformation of Antarctica. It will apply novel techniques to remove time series noise and compare these to numerical models developed from existing codes and from outputs provided by third parties. These results will be important for understanding present-day ice-sheet contribution to sea-level rise and in gaining fundamental understanding into the interior of the Earth. The project will provide students with advanced skills in numerical analysis, interpretation and presentation.

Applications due 28th February 2020

For more information click here.

Gateway Antarctica PhD Opportunity

“The effectiveness of science – decision-marker nexus in an Antarctic context”

Scientific research in Antarctica has provided the foundation for and continuing unity within the Antarctic Treaty System. The conditions for the negotiation and signing of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty were established by the successful scientific cooperation among 12 nations during the 1957/58 International Geophysical Year (Bulkeley, 2010). The Antarctic Treaty prioritises freedom of scientific investigation in the region and promotes cooperation among parties to that end.

PhD based at Gateway Antarctica, University of Cantebury, Christchurch.

PhD student to start in late 2019 / early 2020 with an expected PhD submission date during 2023.

Applications due 8th November 2019

For more information click here.

UNSW PhD Opportunity

Warm water intrusions and ice melt at the Antarctic margin

This study will use high-resolution global and regional ocean/sea-ice models to examine mechanisms for rapid warming of Antarctic continental shelf waters via both large-scale drivers and fine-scale processes, including mesoscale eddies, tide-topography interactions, and bottom boundary flows.  Implications for ocean biogeochemistry will also be explored.

For more information click here.

IMAS PhD Opportunity

Using geochemical techniques to quantify dust deposition to the Southern Ocean

This project will apply a suit of geochemical methods to quantify the amount of dust-borne iron reaching the Southern Ocean around Australia. It will use geochemical methods based on the measurement of thorium isotopes and trace metals in aerosols, seawater, particles and sediment in four regions east and south of Australia. This project focuses on the analysis of samples already in-hand and interpretation of results, but there will also be an opportunity to go to sea.

Closing date: 3rd December 2019

For more information click here.

APECS International

For current jobs and opportunities, please see the APECS International – Job Board website for more information.

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Scientific Community on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

SCAR has many research groups under different streams of study. Each of these research groups have their own websites, Facebook accounts and mailing lists. The benefit for following these groups include receiving information about funding, scholarships, training courses and other opportunities.

SCAR also has a monthly newsletter, to subscribe click here

SCAR Fellowships

SCAR initiated the Fellowship Programme in 2002. The aim is to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists in Antarctic scientific research and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. Since the initiation of the programme, 56 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded. Three of these fellowships were awarded jointly with our partner Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) between 2011-2015. From 2015, a Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellowship is awarded annually, initially financed by funds from the Prix Biodiversité of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation awarded to SCAR.

For further information, click here.

University of Tasmania (UTas) and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Volunteers

Volunteers at the University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart, Tasmania, are occasionally required to assist on projects. IMAS Volunteers have a Facebook page with news, posts and call outs.

Fullbright Scholarships

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers Scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages as well as professional staff with extensive relevant experience.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding and the exchange of ideas. It is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world supporting more than 370,000 scholarships worldwide, and over 5,000 scholarships between Australia and the U.S. creating a vibrant, dynamic and interconnected network of Alumni.

This year there are close to 100 awards primarily available for projects that will have a tangible impact on the lives of Australians, whether that be through medical research, business, or the arts.

Awards are available to:

  • Postgraduate students wanting to complete part of their Australian program in the U.S.
  • Students seeking to complete a full U.S. masters
  • PhD students wanting to complete research in the U.S. as part of their Australian PhD program
  • Students seeking to complete a full PhD program in the U.S.
  • Postdoctoral candidates seeking to do research
  • Professionals (with 10 years relevant experience) seeking to undertake research or training in the U.S.
  • Associate or full Professors seeking to undertake research or training in the U.S.

All awards include either full or partial tuition/researcher fee allowances, generous living stipend, return flights to the U.S. and more.

A Fulbright is a wonderful opportunity to take your career to the next level.

Interested candidates are welcome to visit for more information or contact the Australian Fulbright Commission via