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 of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity

AIMS' A healthy and resilient Great Barrier Reef Research Program conducts interdisciplinary research to provide managers and policymakers with a better understanding of the Reef’s vulnerability to climate change and ocean acidification, and its interactions with local and regional environmental stressors. Within this Research Program's Reef Recovery, Restoration and Adaptation Team, our Experimental and Laboratory Technician provides highly skilled technical support in one or several areas of molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and/or microscopy. In this role you will act as technical lead and contributor to a broad range of projects on invertebrate species within topical ecosystems, and will play a central role in the safe technical training and supervision of staff, students and visitors, and will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

About you

Underpinning your capability to successfully undertake the diverse range of the Experimental and Laboratory Technician responsibilities and activities, including field and laboratory experiments, sample preparation, analysis, and communication, will be your tertiary qualification studies in marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, or biochemistry (and relevant work experience). Additionally, you will be reliant on your significant theoretical and practical experience in molecular biology and microbiology laboratory procedures and practices to apply sterile techniques and microbial culturing, and current and emerging molecular techniques relevant to the fields of marine molecular biology and microbiology (e.g., DNA/RNA extraction/sequencing, qPCR, gene expression analysis, FISH) to achieve performance outcomes.

NB: 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.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions that are detailed in our Enterprise Agreement. The successful candidate for this exciting opportunity will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS Salary AOF Level 3 (enhanced) to 4 ($78,101 to $97,833 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Full-time, 5-year Fixed Term position
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Professional Development Program
  • Access to on-site Gym, Fitness Passport Program
  • Located in Townsville (Qld)

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is detailed in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below.

If, after reviewing 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.

For your application to be considered you must follow the “How to Apply” instructions detailed in our Candidate Information Pack.

To assist you with your application, we suggest that you also download and review our Recruitment Application Guide which is also available below.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Lone Hoj on l.hoj@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: Midnight AEST, Monday 05-July-2021.


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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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