21361 Research Scientist - Coral Population Geneticist

Research Scientist - Coral Population Geneticist

21361 - 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 Reef Recovery, Adaptation and Restoration team is studying the evolutionary potential and adaptive mechanisms of key coral reef organisms to predict responses to climate warming and develop tools and approaches for enhancing coral reef resilience on the Great Barrier Reef. In this dynamic role, you will lead technical staff, students and post-doctoral fellows in the building of a research program in the field of population and adaptation genomics that can include modelling and analysis of laboratory and field experiments. The research program will take its basis in quantitative genetics and genomics however could include additional supporting physiological, molecular, symbiosis, environmental or other data. As a member of the research program team, you will make a significant contribution to AIMS research towards understanding the drivers and scales of genetic structure of reef building corals, predicting and measuring corals’ adaptability in response to current and predicted environmental change and developing genetic principles for management of natural populations and aquaculture breeding of corals for reseeding and adaptation purposes.

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

  • AOF Level 5 or Level 6 Salary ($103,633 to $134,901 per annum) dependant on relevant qualification, skills and experience
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland


About You

Reflecting on your PhD learnings as well as your extensive postdoctoral experience, including your substantive work on the biology, ecology, physiology and genetics of corals or related, with a focus on adaptation and/or selective breeding, you will be able to demonstrate your capabilities including:

  • ability to lead and implement a research program to understand the adaptive potential of natural and enhanced coral populations, and to develop and test context specific genetic tools for coral restoration and adaptation;
  • reputation for research excellence and academic achievement, relative to career stage and opportunity, as evidenced by publication and communication history.
  • strengths as a team member including your strong self-awareness and interpersonal skills, ability to foster an atmosphere of positivity and creativity to facilitate innovation and excellence within others; and
  • ability to engage, communicate, build relationships, and negotiate with a diversity group of people, including stakeholders from industry, academia and/or government.


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.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Line Bay at

Applications close Thursday, 31 October 2019.

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Closing Date

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Position Number



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: