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, unique data-sets, cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels.

About this Opportunity

At AIMS our modern research fleet, unique aquaria, sophisticated laboratories, operational workshops, extensive collections, analytical technology and a large array of marine observational equipment allow us to investigate subjects ranging from microbiology to broad-scale ecology and coastal oceanography, both in the lab and in the field. These resources allowed us to collect comprehensive data sets. And, even more importantly, access to our facilities allow our research and industry partners to further the collective knowledge of Australia’s unique marine ecosystems and the challenges they face.

As the mechanical engineer, you will contribute to the continued improvement and development of marine monitoring systems and technologies to support world class marine research. Within a team environment, you will actively contribute to several projects simultaneously often within tight timeframes to deliver quality outcomes, and at times in a physically demanding environment at sea for extended periods. You will provide some supervision to support AIMS scientific and research activities through the demonstration of one or more specialized skills. Applying your creativity and independent thinking skills, along with your proven understanding of fundamental research and engineering principles and hands on in approach in both field and workshop environments will ensure your success in this role.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation 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 opportunity
  • Commuter Travel Arangements

About You

Being a tertiary qualified Mechanical Engineer, with relevant maritime and/or research experience, you’ll be able to demonstrate your:

  • Substantial experience with the engineering development of equipment and new technologies for use in the marine environment:
  • Project management capabilities for achieving planned milestones and deliverables, especially for technology integration and testing; 
  • Extensive experience in performance analysis of proposed mechanical designs through computer-based assessments; and
  • Proven ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary project team to deliver new technology solutions or improvements.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the position description available via the link 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 receiving your application.

Instructions on how to apply are detailed in our Recruitment Guidelines, including the necessity to 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 Gary Brinkman at g.brinkman@aims.gov.au

Applications close Monday, 9 March 2020

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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