NOW OPEN! Expressions of Interest (EOIs) close: Australian members: 17 March 2023 and New Zealand members: 20 March 2023

ANZIC is seeking up to nine new representatives on the Science Committee starting from mid-April 2023.

Scientific Ocean Drilling is among the world’s longest running international scientific collaborations, delivering a vitally important research capability and is driven by a flow of drilling proposals provided by the scientific community. It creates critical synergies with other national and international research infrastructures for the marine sciences and geosciences and generates unparalleled opportunities for cross-disciplinary research partnerships.

IODP allows scientists access to some of Earth’s most challenging environments, collecting data and samples of sediment, rock, fluids, and living organisms from below the seafloor.

ANZIC has facilitated the involvement in IODP science of many Australian & New Zealand scientists and educators from across a wide range of fields, offering career-defining opportunities to boost their research, skills and international networks.

The ANZIC Governing Council has a well-established Science Committee, and the two groups work closely together.

Figure: top priorities of the ANZIC Science Committee and Governing Council

Scientific Oversight of the ANZIC Science Committee

  1. Setting the criteria for ANZIC IODP Expeditioner selection reflecting IODP policy and guidelines.
  2. Assess and rank applicants for Expeditioner status and support by ANZIC.
  3. Set the criteria for ANZIC post-expedition and legacy project support, reflecting IODP policy and guidelines.
  4. Assess and rank applications for ANZIC post-expedition and legacy project support for advice, reflecting appropriate support of post-expedition and legacy grants.
  5. Set criteria, assess and rank applicants for other calls for scientific funding support (e.g. workshops) supported by ANZIC.
  6. Execute effective scientific governance of ANZIC.

The Science Committee will also set scientific criteria for assessing and ranking any other matters that the ANZIC Office or the ANZIC Governing Council delegates to the Science Committee.

The structure of the committee reflects the science undertaken by IODP. With the recent release of the new 2050 Strategic Framework and membership rotation, the structure of the ANZIC Science committee will evolve to bring on wider expertise to reflect the new Strategic Objectives, Flagship Initiatives and Enabling Elements in the Framework. 

The role is extremely rewarding and a significant boost to broadening your knowledge, skills, and national network across IODP. We are looking for representatives who are willing to embrace the collaborative, collegiate, and constructive ethos of the review process. ANZIC seeks to promote diversity within the Science Committee, therefore applications by women, non-binary, and minority groups, ECR, MCR and established researchers are encouraged to apply for these roles. You do not need to have experience with IODP expeditions to apply. Applications are open to all ANZIC members (University and Research Organisations).

Assessment and selection: Members of the Science Committee encompass expertise across IODP Research Themes.

EOI Application

Scientists interested in volunteering for these opportunities should send a cover letter and a two-page CV to by 17 March 2023 (Australian members) 20 March 2023 (New Zealand members).

Cover letters should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly describe any previous committee experience, describe your interest in the scientific drilling programs (now and in the future), and clearly identifying your alignment to with direct reference to: Strategic Objectives (primary and secondary alignment), Flagship Initiatives (Primary Alignment), and Enabling Elements (Primary Alignment) outlined in the 2050 Strategic Framework.

Two-page (max) Curriculum Vitae should include:

  1. Academic/professional qualifications.
  2. Employment history.
  3. Selected recent publications or relevant government/industry reports or outputs.
  4. Recent synergistic activities (e.g. service, committee, reviewer).
  5. Relevant field experience (last 5 years).

Selection Process

Applications will be administratively processed by the ANZIC Office and provided to the ANZIC Science Committee Chair, who will convene a sub-committee to assess the applications. A shortlist will be provided to the ANZIC Program Manager for consideration and subsequent ANZIC Governing Council approval. The outcome is anticipated to be announced in mid-April 2023.

Interested? Questions?

Please contact ANZIC Program Manager, Dr Sarah Kachovich.

Committee membership means an invited member acknowledges and abides by their institutional Code of Conduct and Professional ethics guidelines, policies, and procedures, or equivalents, and the IODP Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy in all matters related to serving as a Committee member.