21351 Research Scientist – Megafauna and Threatened Species Ecology

Research Scientist – Megafauna and Threatened Species Ecology

21351 - Darwin, Northern Territory

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 studies and monitors a large number of Australia’s marine species that are identified as threatened or endangered species. Many of these species are iconic megafauna ─ such as whales, dugongs, sea turtles, and large sharks and rays ─ and their status often reflects the health and diversity of marine habitats. Reporting to the Senior Research Scientist (Megafauna), your research will focus on enhancing AIMS’ capacity to deliver relevant products to government, industry clients and stakeholders to improve the management of megafauna and threatened species across northern Australia.

Success in this role will require you to apply your advanced ecological and quantitative skills in the analysis and interpretation of megafauna and threatened species data. Including advanced quantitative modelling of population distribution and status, analysis of movement data and development of innovative research projects to better understand marine megafauna and threatened species and their responses to potential disturbances. Your research will focus on a range of species from fish and sharks through to marine reptiles and mammals.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 5 Salary ($103,633 to $113,610 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3 year fixed term opportunity
  • Located in Darwin, Northern Territory

About You

Having achieved your PhD in a relevant discipline and appropriate postdoctoral experience demonstrating substantive work on the ecology of marine megafauna and threatened species. You will have a good understanding of issues facing megafauna and threatened species including interactions with industry and implications of management and conservation and be able to demonstrate your:

  • Strong quantitative skills and demonstrated experience in managing and analysing complex data sets, integrating multiple data sets and interpreting ecological data;
  • Experience in leading field programs that include sampling of multiple megafauna taxa;
  • Academic achievements that are relevant to opportunity by quality and number of publications, and/or other forms of research output; 
  • Success in attracting external research funding; and
  • Ability and motivation to engage and collaborate with a range of government, scientific and community-based organisations and individuals.

Next Step

If this opportunity is something you are interested in, please download the position description, application information, 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 26 August 2019.


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Darwin, Northern Territory

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: