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’ coral reef monitoring programs represents the longest continuous record of change in reef communities over such a large geographic area. As an integral element of the Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef program, the Marine Monitoring Program is responsible for monitoring the health of reefs and water quality across the inshore areas of the Great Barrier Reef. The team of trained divers survey corals and other benthic organisms along the same sections of reef each visit. As well as capturing the natural variability of coral populations, the data documents effects of disturbances such as crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks, cyclones, and bleaching events. The data are analysed and reported to a range of industry and management stakeholders ensuring up to date information is available for policy and planning purposes.

In this role you will work within a team environment contributing to the planning and execution of monitoring activities that work around the constraints imposed by tide and weather. You will participate in field data collection on benthic communities using a variety of survey methodologies and will undertake post-fieldwork processing including data collation, computer-based image analysis to identify benthic community composition, data archiving and management. You will also analyse data and play a significant role in the communication of research findings to internal and external stakeholders.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 Salary ($85,970 to $97,833 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 5-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your tertiary qualification Marine Biology or a related discipline, with well-developed knowledge of coral reef ecology and understanding of the roles of key benthic groups. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • Experience in conducting field surveys on coral reef benthic communities with the ability to identify common benthic organisms;
  • Strong knowledge and experience of standard statistical techniques used in the analysis of large ecological datasets, and the ability to use database and statistical software;
  • Demonstrated experience processing data, including image analysis, data archiving and management; and
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to work effectively and productively as a member of a research team.

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.

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.

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 on-line application form.

Position enquiries can be directed to Angus Thompson on a.thompson@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 9.00am AEST, Thursday 02 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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