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 Engineering and Field Operations team are an enabling resource for AIMS’ Research Programs. As members of this team, our Oceanographic Technicians  primarily operates and maintains the IMOS array of moored oceanographic sensors across Northern Australia www.aims.gov.au/imosmoorings. The oceanographic technicians also provide oceanographic instrumentation to a broad range of Aims science projects and maintain and operate equipment installed on the research vessels including the underway ADCP, Livewire CTD and Thermosalinograph. 

Our Oceanographic Instrument Technician delivers support services through the application of technical expertise to operate, deploy, maintain and adapt the oceanographic instrument pool, in support of scientific and technological research in laboratory and field environments and to be involved in the design and creation of such instrumentation.  You will achieve this through the preparation of equipment for deployment and retrieval including calibration and maintenance, downloading and initial processing and quality control of the resulting data. You’ll actively participate in the planning, deployment, maintenance and calibration of oceanographic instruments to ensure all safety and legal standards are met and requirements for precision and accuracy are achieved.

About you

Relying on the capabilities that you obtained through your trade qualifications training and/or relevant undergraduate degree studies, you will advise and assist scientific staff in the pursuit of research goals and objectives in laboratory and field environments through the timely maintenance, calibration, deployment and development of oceanographic instrumentation solutions to enable the adaptation and application of current and new technologies.

Using your knowledge of electronic instrumentation, programming and PC systems, and well-developed interpersonal skills, along with your ability to write scientific technical and field reports, you will have the ability to effectively collaborate and communicate, in a clear and understandable manner, with Scientific Research Staff to clarify their needs, explain the resulting design specifications plus the safety requirements for usage. Combining your qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience with your commitment to OH&S and ability to thrive within a team environment, you will coordinate and participate in field trips, often in remote, off-shore locations, for extended periods where you will use your technical expertise to provide innovative solutions to immediate problems associated with the deployment and use of oceanographic equipment.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions and in-line with AIMS Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 3 Salary ($67,411 to $75,958 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Full-time, 3-year fixed-term opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

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.

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 is 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.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Chris Bartlett at c.bartlett@aims.gov.au

Applications close: Monday, 14-June-2021, Midnight, AEST (Qld time).

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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