21002 Experimental Scientist - Oceanography

Experimental Scientist - Oceanography

21002 - Townsville, Queensland

About AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

Our research into some of Australia’s iconic marine ecosystems guides their management and that of similar systems around the world. We do marine science that has practical benefit to the real world, providing high quality, large-scale and long-term research that is used by governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS researchers at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to the best tools and equipment like the National Sea Simulator, cutting edge laboratories and our fleet of research vessels.

About this Opportunity

AIMS’ Experimental Scientist (Oceanography) performs essential activities that enable our Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australian program to deliver science relating to the critical issue of cumulative stressors in a broad range of tropical marine habitats arising from coastal and catchment development, in the context of shelf-scale ecosystem drivers.

In this exciting role, you will work within a small team to provide technical leadership for the delivery of water quality monitoring and biogeochemistry research in the coastal ocean. You will apply your high degree of problem-solving skills, initiative, reliability, and attention to detail to coordinate laboratory analyses for monitoring programs, as well as designing and conducting field experiments in the coastal ocean. The current research foci for the team are productivity, nutrient cycling, and land‐sea linkages. The research is essential to elucidate the drivers of coastal water quality and identify links with land‐based activities to better inform monitoring and management decisions. Additionally, you will take on a central role in the Reef 2050 Marine Monitoring Program (MMP) ‐ Inshore Water Quality as well as leadership responsibilities for water quality monitoring at the Yongala National Reference Station through IMOS.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. The successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AOF Level 4 Salary ($82,632 to $94,034 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time 3-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

You will have achieved your postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) in environmental science, chemistry, biology, oceanography or a related field, and will be able to reflect on your knowledge and experience conducting boat-based field research, including familiarity with instrumentation such as CTDs and data-logging sensors to demonstrate your:

  • Ability to use problem-solving skills to design and conduct experiments on biogeochemistry topics such as productivity or nutrient cycling, which may include learning new sampling techniques or adapting analytical methods;
  • Significant expertise in marine or estuarine water quality including knowledge of the collection, storage, and analytical techniques of samples such as: dissolved and particulate nutrients, organic carbon, chlorophyll a, total suspended solids, CDOM, and salinity; and
  • Ability to operate and maintain a range of instruments specific to an analytical laboratory such as spectrophotometers, fluorometers, and salinometers.

Next Step

If this opportunity is something you are interested in, please download the application information, position description and selection criteria from the links below. Candidates are advised that applications must include statements addressing the selection criteria.

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Renee Gruber at

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.


Applications close Tuesday, 22 October 2019.


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Townsville, Queensland

Submitting your application

Electronic applications may be received up to midnight on the specified closing date.

Applications can be submitted via the APPLY NOW link above.  Alternatively your complete application can be emailed to: