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 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 data-sets, cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels.

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 is 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.

As our RRAP Systems Engineer you will support the development of reef restoration interventions in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) by working with key researchers from RRAP across a range of Institutions to develop knowledge and models that will enable the at-scale deployment of research methods and technologies developed. You will support scientific and engineering approaches to RRAP interventions by providing mechanical, electrical, and systems engineering input to RRAP researchers developing technologies and approaches for at-scale reef restoration. Examples of these interventions include automated material (coral, rubble) handling at seas, shading coral reefs, and the re-seeding of coral larvae.

You will also assist the Principal Systems Engineer with project management of the RRAP program to assess progress of key projects and sub-programs, with a focus on progress in engineering development aspects and milestone completions.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 Salary ($84,285 to $95,915 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 2-year opportunity (with possibility of extension)
  • Located in Townsville or Brisbane, Queensland

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your Tertiary qualification/s in a relevant engineering discipline, and preferably CPEng and RPEQ registrations. You will be able to demonstrate your experience in engineering optioneering and planning for manufacturing or infrastructure design, and your experience in the development of costing models and engineering feasibility assessment analyses. You will also have excellent communication and organisation skills with a demonstrated ability to engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders and the capacity to solve problems independently.

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 the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Mark Gibbs on m.gibbs@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: Monday, 30 November 2020 (11.59pm AEST)

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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