The NSW-IMOS node is hosted by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, which is located in historic buildings at Chowder Bay, Sydney. Credit: Leah Wood, SIMS.


Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP) grant to support NSW-IMOS by facilitating cross-disciplinary integration of IMOS data

The NSW-IMOS was recently awarded a RAAP grant through the NSW State Government’s Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer to facilitate cross-disciplinary integration of IMOS data.

The NSW-IMOS node, which is based at the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS), uses the data from several IMOS National Facilities and Sub-Facilities including those operated by SIMS; the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Animal Tracking facilities along with the New South Wales Moorings sub-facility.

The new RAAP funding will provide logistical support to Ocean Radar and Ocean Glider operations in NSW, funding for vessel-time to support deployments and research, and most notably the salaries for three post-doctoral positions who will provide synergies across the IMOS facilities in NSW.

The first of the three post-doctoral positions will be focussed on improving understanding of marine microbial dynamics within the Australian marine environment by integrating data collected as part of the Bioplatforms Australia (BPA) Marine Microbes project ( with a rich set of oceanographic contextual data collected by IMOS.

The second position will integrate a range of observational and modelling products in order relate coastal ocean dynamics with biological activity (phytoplankton, zooplankton forage fish and pelagic predators) in the East Australian Current region.

While the third project will develop deep learning approaches for quantitative and semantic understanding of marine imagery, typically collected by Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and towed camera systems.

NSW-IMOS Node Leader, Professor Justin Seymour is excited by the opportunities provided by this additional funding and capacity for IMOS activities in NSW.

“This RAAP funding will be incredibly valuable for IMOS activities and NSW marine research in general. The three new research positions made possible by this grant will not only deliver new research capacity to NSW-IMOS, but will provide excellent opportunities to bridge the gaps between facilities and disciplines and truly integrate IMOS activities within the state,” says Professor Seymour.

Applications for the three post-doctoral positions at SIMS have been extended to the 24th June 2018:

Post-doctoral Associate in Microbial Oceanography
Post-doctoral Associate in Biological Oceanography
Post-doctoral Associate in Machine Learning
Preferred start date is July 2018, however dates are negotiable. For further information please contact hr(at) or Mark Scognamiglio, General Manager, (02) 9435 4600  Mark.Scognamiglio(at)

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