Jobs & Opportunities

A regularly updated list of fellowships, scholarships, funding opportunities, training courses, and jobs specific to polar early career scientists. Also follow APECS Oceania on Facebook and Twitter, and check out the Links & Supporters for more opportunities.

British Antarctic Survey Job Opportunity

Ice Core Analytical Chemist

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral researcher to join their expanding ice core research group. The main responsibility is the chemical analysis of ice cores using our bespoke continuous flow analysis (CFA) system. The successful candidate will also design and develop their own research projects, using existing data or ice cores from the BAS archive, aligned with the teams objectives of reconstructing past climate over decadal to millennial timescales. Applicants are required to have a PhD in Earth science, Chemistry, or related subjects. Knowledge and experience of ice core analysis, particularly CFA or trace chemistry, would be an advantage.

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British Antarctic Survey PhD Opportunity

“Blue carbon change on polar continental shelves with ocean colour & current dynamics”

This project asks how well can remotely sensed ocean colour be used to predict carbon cycling, from capture to seabed storage? How does this vary with season, sea ice levels and geographic factors (eg on vs offshore). EO ocean colour (derived from stacks of Sentinel-3 OLCI and other suitable datasets) & albedo data would be collated from Atlantic sector Arctic and Southern Ocean continental shelves to examine trends in marine ice losses and greening duration. Patterns and trends in colour would be ground-truthed for accuracy /error levels using in situ direct measurements of size-fractionated phytoplankton standing stock where and when they are present. Primary production would be linked to regional oceanography (eg flow/water residence time) and water column biogeochemistry. This key stage of the project would construct a model to link ice loss and primary production – through colour change – to predict levels of phytoplankton biomass reaching the seabed. This would be mapped onto existing data on local and regional standing stocks of zoobenthic blue carbon, by splitting zoobenthos into functional groups to separate suspension, deposit and grazing primary consumers and various categories of higher trophic levels. The last major component would be adding georeferenced organic and inorganic carbon profiles in sediments from sediment cores. This can be done from existing core data and unprocessed cores. The last work phase involves analysis of ocean surface to seabed connectivity in carbon sink, lag phases in time and space, and locations of/reasons for strong connectivity. This last stage will include use of data analytics and statistical/machine learning approaches to establish linkages between available datasets. 

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British Antarctic Survey and University of St Andrews PhD Opportunity

“Carbonate Counter Pump in the Southern Ocean”

The goal of the project is to assess the contribution of each part of the plankton calcifying community (pteropods, foraminifera, coccolithphores, ostracods) to the strength of the carbonate pump in the SO at different oceanic sites (i.e. naturally iron-fertilised region, polynya, iron-limited region). The student will use a combination of BAS archived samples collected from ship activities (e.g. plankton net) and moored platforms (e.g. sediment traps, water collectors, phytoplankton collector, pCO2 sensors) to determine the seasonal cycle in carbonate production and export. The assemblage and abundance of calcifying plankton will be investigated by plankton nets and collectors (Year 1) and their contribution to carbon export by sediment traps deployed on floating and mooring stations at the sites (Year 2). The strength of the carbonate counter pump (expressed as reduction of the CO2 drawdown by the biological pump) will be estimated by combining carbonate chemistry and biogeochemical analysis (Year 3) with results from (Year 1-2).

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Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) position

Data and Information Systems Manager

CCAMLR are looking for an experienced data systems manager able to guide the development of the Commission’s data management system and its scientific Data Centre. In addition to your technical skills in database development and data architecture design, you will have some experience with providing oversight of IT delivery for small organisations. This exciting position will lead the development and maintenance of the specialised scientific and technical databases and IT Infrastructure at the CCAMLR Secretariat, supporting the work of the 26 Member countries of the international Convention as they conserve and manage fishing in the waters around Antarctica.

Applications due 18th December.

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British Antarctic Survey Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow – Physical Oceanography

The British Antarctic Survey is inviting applications for an observational physical oceanographer with a track record of interpreting and analysing observational polar oceanographic datasets. The successful candidate will use observational datasets and numerical model output to construct and test a dynamical framework explaining the circulation of the Weddell Gyre and its export of dense water to the global ocean.

Applications due 15th December.

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UTAS Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow – Physical Oceanography

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 postdoctoral fellow will work with the project investigators to identify the processes responsible for the transfer of momentum and energy from the surface into the deep ocean, for meridional fluxes of properties across the ACC, and to investigate the mechanisms governing the response of the ACC to changes in winds.

Applications due 5th December.

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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 IMAS, contributing substantively towards the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ‘The Role of Eastern Antarctic Polynyas in Global Ocean Circulation’.

Applications due 2nd December.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 Biodiversit√© of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation awarded to SCAR.

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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