21363 IMOS Physical Oceanographic Experimental Scientist Position Description

Experimental Scientists - Integrated Marine Observing System - Physical Oceanographers (2 Roles)

21363 - Townsville, Queensland

  • Oceanographic and meteorological instrumentation
  • Attractive working conditions
  • World leading marine research organisation

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’s Oceanographic Scientists perform essential activities that support Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). IMOS National Moorings Network comprises a series of national reference stations and regional moorings designed to monitor oceanographic phenomena in Australian coastal ocean waters such as boundary currents and cross shelf exchanges to better our understanding of the tropical marine environment and ecosystems and their response to change across Queensland and Northern Australia. In this exciting role, you will be relied upon to provide high quality time series data streams from the IMOS moorings array through calibration, data processing and analysis. Working in laboratory and (off-shore) field environments, you’ll support scientific research through the application of your scientific and technical expertise in the operation and deployment of AIMS and IMOS Oceanographic and Meteorological instruments. Whilst your marine competencies will enable you to participate in fieldwork at sea to service, deploy and recover equipment, your organisational skills will ensure that you successfully contribute to the planning of trips.

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

  • AOF Level 3 to 4 Salary ($64,793 to $94,034 per annum) depending on qualifications, skills and experience.
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

You will have achieved your degree in physics, mathematics, physical oceanography, engineering or equivalent technical expertise in a related field, and will be able to reflect on your familiarity with a wide variety of marine instrumentation to demonstrate your:

  • applied understanding of oceanography, which has impacted on the successful results you have achieve when using oceanographic and meteorological instrumentation, including: Current Meters, Tide Gauges, Wave Gauges, Bio-optical sensors, Weather Stations, CTDs and water sampling techniques;
  • experience in MATLAB and/or Python computer programming, data analysis, database applications or equivalent, and working knowledge of electronic instrumentation and PC systems including efficient database entry;
  • commitment to the practices and principles of Occupational Health and Safety, and specifically whilst on off-shore sea-going field trips often undertaken in demanding conditions for extended periods of time, and at moderate heights such as weather station masts, and
  • organisational skills with the capabilities to manage field-work logistics, planning and scheduling.

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 Craig Steinberg 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: