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

AIMS established a presence in Western Australia over twenty-five years ago. The mission of the Sustainable Use of North-West Marine Ecosystems Research Program is to undertake science and deliver knowledge to provide a comprehensive understanding of Australia’s northern and north-western marine ecosystems and inform sustainable use and management of marine resources in the region.

In the Maternity Leave Replacement Officer role of Benthic Ecologist, you will work within a team environment contributing to the planning and execution of field campaigns (ship and land based) in remote locations for extended periods of time, participating where appropriate, to conduct field data collection on benthic communities using a range of remote sampling methodologies. You will assist with post-fieldwork processing and documentation of video and still image data collected, through computer-based image analysis, to identify benthic community composition. You will also contribute to data collation, database management and data archiving, as well as assisting with data analysis as required and the preparation of scientific reports and peer-reviewed publications.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 3 Salary ($67,411 to $73,825 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time Temporary Maternity Leave Replacement Officer position appointed via our labour hire arrangement
  • Commencing November 2021 up to 30 November 2022
  • Located in Perth, Western Australia

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your tertiary qualification in Science (Marine Biology, Ecology, or Environmental Science Discipline), or a related discipline, with an emphasis on the biodiversity of coral reefs and knowledge of tropical marine flora and fauna. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • Experience in the identification of benthic invertebrates through image analysis of video and photographic data;
  • Ability to identify Scleractinian corals to at least genus level;
  • Ability to work in the field in remote locations for extended periods; and
  • Ability to support data collation, archiving, database management and analysis.

Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS and associated labour hire agency for the term of the appointment, depending on the relevant Department of Home Affairs current policies.

Please note: relocation assistance is not available for this position.

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 a link to 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, as detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

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 on-line application form.

Position enquiries can be directed to Olwyn Hunt on o.hunt@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 11.59pm AWST, Wednesday 20 October 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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