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.

At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity

Our Research Scientist - Environmental Impacts and Risk Assessment will contribute to the development and delivery of a research program associated with assessing and managing the risks of contaminants of potential concern (COPCs) in Australia’s primarily tropical and sub-tropical marine environment. The role will focus on science to support improved Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) of COPCs, and will include desktop analyses and syntheses, collation of existing and collection of new COPC data, and laboratory-based studies including environmental toxicity testing to provide information on sources, abundance, mobility and toxicity of selected contaminants.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions which are detailed in our Enterprise Agreement. The successful candidate for this exciting opportunity will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 5 salary ($107,820 to $118,200 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including teleworking where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3-year opportunity
  • Located in Perth, Western Australia

About you

You will have achieved your PhD and have postdoctoral experience in environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry, and have aquired and in depth understanding of the National strategies for managing water and sediment quality, of legislative and guideline information, and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Ecological Risk assessment processes. Your well-developed knowledge of assessing the risk of chemical contaminants in the marine environment using environmental chemistry, environmental ecotoxicology and ecological risk assessment techniques will enable you to improve the science-base for assessing and managing the risks contaminants of potential concern in Australia’s marine environment .

NB: Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment, depending on the Department of Home Affairs current policies.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience, and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria, which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

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

Submitting your application: Prior to clicking on the APPLY NOW button below, please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, CV, and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form.

Recruitment Contact: Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Ross Jones at R.Jones@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 9.00am AWST Tuesday, 07 December 2021

The Australian Institute of Marine Science acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea on which we work. We recognise the unique relationships and enduring cultural and spiritual connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to land and sea, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

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