About AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

We are a trusted advisor, a partner and employer of choice, and we value integrity, innovation, collaboration and respect.

AIMS’ research of Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems guides their effective environmental management and contributes to our understanding of similar ecosystems around the world. Our research seeks to deliver practical benefit to all Australians and supports the sustainable use our tropical marine estate. Governments, reef managers, industry and the wider community look to our high-quality, long-term research for informed decisions about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf, and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS expert teams at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to world-class infrastructure including the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim), cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels, as well as unique data-sets.

About this Opportunity

Our Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia research program delivers science relating to the critical issue of cumulative stressors in a broad range of tropical marine habitats arising from coastal and catchment development, in the context of shelf-scale ecosystem drivers.

As the Experimental Scientist - Molecular and Chemical Ecology you’ll be required to closely collaborate with researchers on a variety of projects and provide scientific capabilities in genetic DNA and chemical analyses of environmental and organismal samples. You will support high profile projects such as developing innovative Crown-of-Thorns Starfish control and monitoring strategies, and improving characterisation of marine contaminants (e.g. microplastics) for ecotoxicological studies. You’ll provide skilled support for genetic (i.e. environmental DNA or eDNA) and chemical (i.e. identification of chemical cues and stressors, and associated effects on marine organisms) research in tropical marine environments; conduct and further develop innovative genetic and chemical tools; and assist with laboratory associated research within the program’s objectives and towards achieving AIMS’ overarching AIMS Strategy 2025.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 Salary ($82,632 to $94,034 per annum)  
  • 15.4% superannuation  
  • Generous leave provisions 
  • Full-time, 3-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your qualification (degree) in molecular biology, chemistry or chemical ecology; or equivalent experience. Then reflecting on your experience as a laboratory practitioner you’ll be able to demonstrate your:

  • competency in molecular biology, including genetic techniques such as DNA extraction and quantitative PCR, amplicon sequencing and bioinformatic data analysis, ideally on marine environmental samples and organisms; 
  • competency in chemical ecology, including chemical isolation, spectroscopy and bio-assay testing, ideally on marine environmental samples and organisms; 
  • ability to work independently under supervisor’s direction on a limited number of tasks and as part of a team; and  
  • ability to manage Occupational Health and Safety issues particularly in a laboratory.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the position description linked below. If, after reviewing the position description, you believe that your qualifications, experience and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you. To assist you wilth compiling your application, you will also find below the link to our application guide which outlines our process. To enable us to give your application fair consideration, please ensure that you submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria which is listed on the position description.  

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Sven Uthicke at S.Uthicke@aims.gov.au.

Applications close Monday, 27 January 2020.

Application Guide

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