21341 Research Scientist - Benthic and Restoration Ecologist

Research Scientist - Benthic and Restoration Ecologist

21341 - 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 reef restoration research project will investigate the drivers of early survival and growth of a range of coral species across reef habitats and environments on the Great Barrier Reef. The project will deliver fundamental and applied ecological knowledge to evaluate, develop and test tools for coral restoration.

Working within an inter-disciplinary team, you will lead and contribute to research into coral reproduction and early survival through the evaluation of restoration techniques on a range of coral habitats and environments. You will contribute your technical skills to build AIMS’ research capacity for reef restoration science in tropical Australia and identify opportunities for engagement and collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders.

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

  • AOF Level 5 Salary ($103,633 – $113,610 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time 5 year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

You will have achieved your PhD and hold postdoctoral experience in the biology, ecology and/or physiology of corals and will have knowledge and experience in coral reproduction, larval settlement, early life history and growth. You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • Strong skills in experimental and survey design, statistical multivariate analysis and ecological modelling, with a strong competence using statistical analysis software;
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to foster collaborative relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working partnerships with Traditional Owner groups; and
  • Experience in planning and conducting aquarium and field-based research.

Next Step

If this opportunity is something you are interested in, 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 Line Bay,

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


Applications close Monday 22 July 2019.


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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: