Curtin University-Ctr. For Marine Science & Technology

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Full-time, 3-year fixed-term position

AUD $91,431 – $98,028 per annum, plus 17% superannuation

Job Reference: 973483 

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The Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) comprises a multi-skilled group of scientists and engineers committed to the development of technical ocean-related skills in Australia. The Centre has earned a reputation as a high-quality marine technology research and development facility responsive to industry and government needs.

To learn more about the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, please visit:

Curtin University have an exciting opportunity for an early-career post-doctorate to join the Centre and continue to grow underwater acoustics research at CMST, with a focus on offshore industry and maritime-defence-related research.

The initial focus involves the application of physical acoustics to one or more of: numerical modelling of sound sources, ambient noise, sound propagation, passive acoustic monitoring of marine fauna, anthropogenic noise, marine soundscapes, and noise impacts on animals. While the position is primarily research focussed, its teaching component includes Higher-Degree by Research (HDR, i.e., PhD and MSc) and Honours student supervision.

Additional accountabilities include:

  • Manage research projects in underwater acoustics.
  • Develop applied research contracts with industry and government, in particular maritime defence.
  • Drive research outputs such as publications in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Organise and lead ocean fieldwork.
  • Develop and maintain software for underwater acoustic research (e.g., for sound generation and propagation, signal detection and classification, soundscape quantification, sound source localisation and tracking, and animal abundance estimation).
  • Manage underwater instrumentation and equipment.
  • Manage underwater acoustic data (i.e., download, calibrate, archive, and back-up).
  • Help develop block/short courses in underwater acoustics (including development of teaching material).
  • (Co-) Supervise Honours, Masters, and Doctoral students.
  • Submit successful research grant applications.
  • Prepare scientific project reports (including financial acquittals).

Candidates will be required to have a level of fitness with the ability to lift heavy equipment.

We encourage non-Australian citizens/residents to apply; however, you will require work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role, and you must be willing to relocate to Perth, Western Australia, for the duration of the position. Visa sponsorship and relocation support may be considered for the preferred candidate.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Christine Erbe on +61 08 9266 7543.

To Apply:

About us

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2022. Curtin also ranks 47th for Earth Sciences in the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022. Curtin has campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, and Mauritius, and delivers courses through more than 130 partner institutions worldwide.

In addition, we offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.

For more information on our university, please visit

One of the world’s most liveable cities, Perth offers a sunny, Mediterranean climate, natural beauty in the shape of magnificent beaches, beautiful wineries, one of the world’s largest inner-city parks, and an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping, and cultural experiences.

Join us!

Your application should include a cover letter, your CV, and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Specific Selection Criteria:


  • PhD degree in Physics, Acoustics, Engineering, or a related field,
  • Skills in numerical modelling and scientific programming, e.g. in MATLAB.



  • Experience in underwater acoustics (passive acoustic monitoring, soundscapes, sound propagation, signal detection and classification, acoustic localization and tracking, etc.),
  • Experience with marine fieldwork (ideally as lead), specifically in underwater acoustic data collection.

Please refer to the attached academic role statement for a full list of criteria.

To view a copy of the Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

Applications close: 15 November 2022, 9pm AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, and undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA State Government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on +61 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

We reserve the right to engage with recruitment agencies/search firms to support our recruitment in some instances – unsolicited contact is not welcomed.



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