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 of 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 datasets, cutting-edge laboratories, and a fleet of modern research vessels. At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity

As a member of a multidisciplinary team, the position of RRAP Experimental Research Technician will provide high quality technical assistance for research projects in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program. This position will assist with research to determine the feasibility for developing more heat-tolerant corals through selective breeding for assisted gene flow. Work tasks will include coral breeding and propagation, data acquisition and analysis, experimental set-up and maintenance, and may also undertake field work (please refer to page 12 for further details on AIMS’ Fieldwork Requirements), and other logistical tasks.

This position contributes to a large team effort to deliver the research AIMS is conducting as partner in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP). The goal of RRAP is to provide reef managers and decision-makers with an innovative suite of safe, acceptable, and cost-effective interventions to help protect the Reef from the impacts of climate change, in conjunction with best-practice reef management and reducing carbon emissions.

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:

  • AOF Level 3 Salary ($67,411 to $75,958 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Onsite Gym, and Fitness Passport Membership (optional)
  • Full-time, 17-month appointment
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this opportunity will be your bachelor’s degree in marine science, biology, ecology or similar and your ability to demonstrate your:

  • Competence in coral biology, ecology and evolution and familiarity with coral reproduction;
  • Experience with coral reef research including set-up and maintenance of experiments, data collection, maintenance of corals across life-history stages, aquaculture/husbandry, and writing of reports, procedures, manuscripts or similar;
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment with sound oral and written communication skills.

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 relevant 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 the 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 within the scope of the position description, which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

Submitting your Application: Please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, resume and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form via our e-recruitment system on our website.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Kate Quigley, k.quigley@aims.gov.au and Dr Britta Schaffelke, b.schaffelke@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 9.00am AEST, Monday 24 January 2022.

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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