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

The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) is the largest, most comprehensive program of its type in the world, a collaboration of leading experts in reef ecology, water and land management, engineering, innovation, and social sciences. The program draws on the full breadth of Australian expertise and that from around the world and aims to strike a balance between minimising risk and maximising opportunity to save Reef species and values from the impacts of climate change.

After completing the world's most rigorous and comprehensive investigation into medium and large-scale reef intervention in 2019, RRAP is now embarking on a long-term R&D program to develop, test and risk-assess novel interventions to help keep the Reef resilient and sustain critical functions and values.

An opportunity exists with AIMS to apply cutting edge modelling approaches to existing and new coral population monitoring data at different levels of ecological organisation and spatial scales. The position will explore the mechanisms driving reef functioning and evaluate the ecological benefit of different restoration and adaptation interventions.

In this role you will utilise a variety of programming languages, including Python and R, to develop a novel modelling framework to integrate population models. You will also be responsible for developing innovative quantitative modelling approaches to propagate uncertainty within, and across, the modelling framework to separate sources of uncertainty and limit their impact on model predictions toward solving complex ecological questions.

You will also play an important role in informing stakeholders of model outputs throughout the stages of model development.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 Salary ($88,932 to $97,833 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this opportunity will be your PhD qualification in applied mathematics, ecological modelling, or quantitative ecology, with a strong emphasis on model integration. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of population and community models on both demographic and integrated data at a population level;
  • Strong understanding of and experience in developing or integrating models focused on propagation of uncertainty and inference across different levels of ecological organisation;
  • High programming proficiency utilising multiple programming languages and experience with program optimisation to improve model performance; and
  • Ability to work within a team independently to meet tight deadlines, with a flexible and adaptable approach to work changes.

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 Dr Juan Ortiz on j.ortiz@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 9.00am AEST Friday 21 May 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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