About AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

Our research into some of Australia’s iconic marine ecosystems guides their management and that of similar systems around the world.

We do marine science that has practical benefit to the real world, providing high quality, large-scale and long-term research that is used by governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS researchers at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to the best tools and equipment like the National Sea Simulator, cutting edge laboratories and our fleet of 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’ long-term Monitoring Program (LTMP) represents the longest continuous record of change in reef communities over such a large geographic area. As an integral element of the Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef program, the LTMP is responsible for surveying the health of inshore, mid-shelf and offshore reefs across the Great Barrier Reef region. The team of trained divers survey fish by underwater visual census, and record corals and other benthic organisms along the same sections of reef each visit. As well as capturing the natural variability of coral and fish populations, the data documents the effects of disturbances such as crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks, cyclones, and bleaching events. The data also provides awareness of other threats to the reef (such as outbreaks of coral disease) and other issues of concern to reef managers.

In this role you will lead and participate in scoping, planning and delivery of research projects, including scheduling and completion of project components. You will identify research questions, lead analyses, interpretation and publication of data and will contribute significantly to the communication of research results. You will also be responsible for developing and adapting experimental and observational techniques to provide new and improved approaches to research problems. This is a hands-on role with extensive periods working in the field in demanding conditions leading monitoring campaigns; requiring strong engagement, negotiation, and collaboration with internal and external researchers.

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

  • AOF Level 4 - 5 Salary ($85,970 to $118,200 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 5-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your tertiary qualification/s in marine ecology, extensive work experience in the biology and ecology of reef fishes, and excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships with various stakeholders. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • well-developed knowledge of coral reef ecosystems and the ability to identify major coral reef taxa, including coral reef fish to species;
  • competence in experimental and survey design, analyses, and use of statistical analysis software (e.g., R);
  • ability to work independently to achieve project outcomes, as well as being a strong team-player with the ability to foster innovation and collaborative relationships; and
  • ability to meet AIMS’ Field Work Requirements (refer to page 4 of the Position Description).

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, 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, which are 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 Mike Emslie on m.emslie@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 9.00am AEST Wednesday 23 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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