Come aboard Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker

Nuyina video

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The RSV Nuyina will be the most sophisticated science ship to ply the Southern Ocean.

Marine Science Support, Rick van den Enden “We are talking a 30 year advancement in research capability, a significant size increase and some of the most advanced science capability for a marine research platform.”

The icebreaker is currently under construction and due in its home port of Hobart in 2020

The search is now on for a hi-tech science team to support the hi-tech ship.

Rick van den Enden “We are after a very broad range of skill sets, everything from laboratory managers, through to precision machinists in an instrument workshop.”

There are 11 roles across 8 different areas;

· Acousticians

· Electronics and mechatronics design engineers

· Laboratory technical officer

· Marine science gear officers

· Mechanical engineers

· Science systems engineers

· Aquarium technician

· Data officers

Rick van den Enden “It’s everything from the routine monitoring, underway sampling instruments that we run on there to any novel science capability that someone has considered. So we have designed the ship to support everything we have envisaged, as well as that stuff we haven’t.”

The new recruits will also provide technical support for deep field science, including the search for an ice core dating back more than a million years.

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Graphic of RSV Nuyina in pack ice
Graphic of RSV Nuyina in pack ice (Photo: Damen/DMS/Australian Antarctic Division)
Expeditioner checks underwater camera on the trawl deck of the RSV Aurora AustralisScientist deploying equipment off RSV Aurora Australis in the Southern OceanRSV Aurora Australis in the Southern OceanScientist processing an ice core in Antarctica

The Australian Antarctic Program is recruiting science support specialists to work on the nation’s new hi-tech Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina.

There are 11 specialist roles across eight different areas on the ship, which is due into its home port of Hobart in 2020.

Australian Antarctic Division Director, Kim Ellis, said this is an amazing opportunity to be involved in an exciting new era of Australian Antarctic endeavour.

“The Nuyina will be the most sophisticated science research vessel plying the Southern Ocean. It will have a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric and scientific echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras,” Mr Ellis said.

“To run this new technology, we need a hi-tech team to develop the equipment and support our scientists in their globally significant research on Antarctic ecosystems and climate.

“This is a new and exciting path for Antarctic science, driven by innovative technologies, autonomous data collection and remotely operated vehicles and this is your chance to be in the driver’s seat.

“We are looking for women and men working in these fields who have a passion for making a difference in Antarctic science.”

The new roles include;

• Acousticians

• Electronics and mechatronics design engineers

• Laboratory technical officer

• Marine science gear officers

• Mechanical engineers

• Science systems engineers

• Aquarium technician

• Data officers

The positions will be based at the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart and will include up to three months at sea on the Southern Ocean every two out of three years.

The new science technical positions will also provide support for deep-field Antarctic research projects, including the search for an ice core dating back more than a million years.

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