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.

About this Opportunity

AIMS’ A Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef program conducts interdisciplinary research to provide managers and policymakers with a better understanding of the Reef’s vulnerability and resilience to global and local pressures and disturbances, and to develop solutions for ecosystem recovery and restoration.

Within this program our Ecological and Biological Monitoring (East) Team contributes to the conservation and sustainable use of the Great Barrier Reef by setting baselines, providing condition and trend assessments, as well as data for the evaluation of management effectiveness and the development of process and predictive models. As an integral member of the team, our Research Scientist, Coral Reef Ecology is relied upon for contributing sound ecological knowledge, data analysis and project management skills to AIMS’ integrated and innovative coral reef science.

In this exciting role, you’ll be part of coral reef field research and monitoring projects, including being responsible for planning and executing major fieldwork campaigns, often involving off-shore sea-going field trips in demanding conditions for extended periods of time. Applying your initiative and innovative skills, you’ll produce collaborative, continuous improvements of sampling and analysis protocols, including the validation and implementation of automated image and data analysis pipelines and autonomous environmental monitoring techniques. Your energy and passion will be your motivation towards achieving the relevant AIMS Strategy 2025 objectives, towards providing positive environmental, social and economic impacts for Australia’s marine estate.

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

  • AOF 5 Salary Level ($105,706 to $115,882 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 PhD in a relevant discipline, preferably in marine ecology, and your well-developed quantitative ecology skills, especially in spatial and temporal data analysis, data integration and sampling design. Then, reflecting on your experience, skills and knowledge you will have:

  • Achieved and applied your advanced field qualifications; for example, Coxswain’s certificate, and commercial diving qualifications (ADAS 2815.1) in research projects.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, personal initiative and the ability to work to tight deadlines; and
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills with a proven ability to contribute effectively to the analysis, writing and presentation of scientific results.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the position description which is available to download from the link 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.

Also below is a link to our Application Guide which details the Instruction ons how to apply for this fantastic opportunity, including the necessity to submit statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria which is listed on the position description.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Manuel Gonzalez Rivero. 

Applications close on Monday, 15 June 2020.

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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