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. At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About the Program

Our Sustainable Use of North-West Marine Ecosystems Research Program 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.

About this Opportunity

AIMS is embarking on an exciting new project, ‘Reef Song’ to deliver the high-level objective of the Australian Coral Reef Resilience Initiative (ACRRI) and will assess the feasibility of a novel ecosystem-based approach to catalyse reef recovery and resilience. It will operate on both west and east coasts and require the coordination of teams working out of Perth and Townsville in building resilience through enhancement of fish and corals.

This Post-Doctoral Fellow will lead and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the coral component of the Reef Song project. In this role you will lead research into coral demography, as part of a national research program investigating interactions between reef acoustics, recruitment and post-recruitment survival in fish. You will also be responsible for developing novel methods for quantifying coral recruitment, growth, survival, and community structure, using traditional methods and photogrammetry.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 4.2 to 4.5 Salary ($88,932 to $97,833 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 4.5 years fixed term opportunity
  • Based in Perth, Western Australia (with travel to remote, offshore locations)

About You

Your PhD in Coral Biology or Ecology and substantial knowledge of coral ecology, including community dynamics, reproductive biology, early life histories and demographics will be fundamental to your success in this role. You will rely on your exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to influence decision makers, interpret scientific data and information, liaise, advise, report to and counsel various internal and external stakeholders who are from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds respectfully and ethically. Additionally, your experience with organizing and conducting field work on and around coral reefs, including diving and boating related activities and a Scientific Diver qualification will provide you with the capabilities to coordinate and participate in field trips in remote, offshore locations in Queensland and Western Australia, often for extended periods of time.

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 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 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 on the APPLY NOW button below, please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, resume 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 James Gilmour at j.gilmour@aims.gov.au

Applications close: Tuesday 18-May-2021 (midnight, Perth WA time).

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