The Australian Antarctic Division is seeking a new Chief Scientist to lead Australia’s innovative research program in the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and the Southern Ocean.

The Chief Scientist will direct, co-ordinate and implement the new 10-year Australian Antarctic science strategic plan released in July.

The Director of the Antarctic Division, Dr Tony Fleming, said it’s an exciting time to be leading the Division’s dedicated science team.

“This is a rare opportunity for an eminent scientist to steer Australia’s Antarctic science program into a new era with the implementation of our new strategic plan 2011–2021,” Dr Fleming said.

“Australia’s Antarctic science program comprises a world-leading and diverse set of activities across a range of disciplines.

“The scientific research Australia is conducting down south is, for example, vital to the world’s understanding of global climate processes and change. The new Chief Scientist will have an opportunity to lead this ground-breaking work,” he said.

The outgoing Chief Scientist, John Gunn, who has been with the Division for three years, has been appointed to head the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville.

Further details on the vacancy can be found on the Antarctic Division’s jobs page.