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 established a presence in Western Australia over twenty-five years ago to address the emerging requirements of the offshore oil and gas industry for tropical marine environmental baseline information, but also in recognition of the unique and poorly understood marine systems in North-West Australia. The mission of the Sustainable Use of North-West Marine Ecosystems 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.

An opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and high-achieving candidate with postdoctoral qualifications relevant to marine science to undertake a research project entitled “Long-term monitoring of reef fish assemblages in the British Indian Ocean Territory Marine Protected Area: climate drivers, production subsidies and trophic cascades”.

In this role, the successful candidate will research the patterns and drivers of the demographics of reef fish populations in the British Indian Ocean Territory. Mentored by senior AIMS research scientists, this is a hands-on role, with frequent field work required. The successful candidate will undertake advanced statistical interrogation and analysis of biochronology data sets and will have opportunities to publish and present research findings at national and international events.

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

  • AOF Level 4 Salary ($88,932 to $97,833 per annum) 
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, up to 12-month opportunity
  • Located in Perth, Western Australia

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this opportunity will be your PhD qualification in a relevant discipline, preferably in some aspect of sclerochronology of marine organisms. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

Ability to undertake field research in remote and oceanic national and international locations for extended periods;

Strong quantitative skills in the analysis of ecological and biochronological data and experience conducting analysis in the R statistical environment;

Skills in data management and retrieval using Access; and

Excellent 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 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 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 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 Mark Meekan on m.meekan@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 9.00am AWST, Friday 18 June 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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