21115 Principal Research Scientist – Coral Reef Ecology and Monitoring

Principal Research Scientist – Coral Reef Ecology and Monitoring

21115 - 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

The Principal Research Scientist will play a significant scientific leadership role in our Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef program. The program is responsible for conducting interdisciplinary research to provide managers and policymakers with a better understanding of the Reef’s vulnerability to climate change and ocean acidification, and its interactions with local and regional environmental stressors.

Using the professional leadership and project management capabilities that you have gained through your PhD studies in a relevant discipline, along with your substantial postdoctoral experience working with coral reef biology or reef ecology, you will initiate, coordinate and conduct nationally and internationally recognised coral reef research. Your extensive experience in conducting and leading marine ecological field work will be fundamental for driving multi-disciplinary team outcomes that are focused on building a strong foundation for the development of innovative ecological observation technologies that will support decision making in a complex, dynamic and changing environment.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 7 Salary ($137,124 to $153,264 per annum) 
  • 15.4% superannuation 
  • Generous leave provisions 
  • Full-time, indefinite opportunity 
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Reflecting on your PhD outcome (in a relevant discipline) and extensive postdoctoral experience in coral reef biology or reef ecology you will have the ability to demonstrate your:

  • Advanced understanding of environmental issues facing coral reef ecosystems globally and regionally;
  • Personal attributes of a team player with strong self-awareness, and interpersonal skills and the ability to foster an atmosphere of innovation, collaboration, creativity and excellence among others;
  • Extensive experience in conducting and leading marine ecological field work; and
  • Demonstrated ability and motivation to engage, communicate, build relationships and foster partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders from government, industry, academia and the public.

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 Nicole Webster,

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


Applications close Monday 9 September 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: