About this Exciting Opportunity

As a Research Scientist - Marine Biogeochemistry you will focus on measuring and modelling the flow of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and other important elements through marine biota, sediments and waters to better understand how rates of nutrient flux and storage respond to different environmental drivers and pressures on tropical marine ecosystems. With a solutions-focus, this information will be used to evaluate how different types of interventions can support the adaptive management of our tropical seascapes to maintain key ecosystem goods and services, including approaches that will maintain nutrient fluxes to support biodiversity and other environmental values. Your key objectives in this role include:

  • Leading and contributing to the delivery of marine biogeochemistry projects from conception to publication,
  • Conducting research that includes the design and implementation of surveys and experiments to build numerical models,
  • Leading major fieldwork campaigns using a variety of deployment and retrieval methods often in remote locations and extended voyages at sea, which will require management of field teams and logistics from pre-trip to post-trip demobilisation, and
  • Supervising staff and graduate research projects, and driving the publication and release of research materials into the public domain.

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

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. In line with our Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 5 salary ($109,976 to $120,564 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Optional Fitness passport
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, Permanent opportunity
  • Located in Perth (WA). Relocation Assistance available.

Please note:

  1. 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. 
  2. It is a requirement of this role that you are and remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please note the sighting of proof of vaccination will be required as a pre commencement requirement.

About you

You will have a PhD and equivalent postdoctoral experience in Geology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Ecosystem Modelling or related field, coupled with experience in applying theoretical and empirical approaches to understand nutrient fluxes in aquatic ecosystems.

With highly developed communication skills, you will be comfortable conveying complex concepts to a range of stakeholders, and will have an emerging reputation for your high-quality scientific publications. Experienced in working with diverse multidisciplinary teams, you will be a strong collaborator and have well-developed interpersonal skills. Experience in marine field work and qualifications in SCUBA diving, vessel operations and first aid would be highly desirable.

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, which is 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, which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

Submitting your Application: Please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, resume and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form via our e-recruitment system which can be accessed via the "apply now" button below.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method. Position enquiries are to be directed to Dr Chris Fulton at c.fulton@aims.gov.au

Applications close: SUNDAY, 17 JULY 2022 (midnight, 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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