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 this Opportunity

AIMS is a world leader in coral reef research, spanning scales from microbes to ecosystems. We are looking for an enthusiastic microbiologist who will apply their advanced knowledge and experience to lead and deliver projects that improve understanding of the functions of microbes in marine organisms and ecosystems, their responses to perturbations and their diagnostic value as bioindicators. A specific focus will be research on the microbiological dimensions involved in developing innovative coral propagation and restoration technologies, including diagnosing and treating coral diseases and the development and application of novel probiotic treatments to improve coral nutrition, survival and growth in aquaculture. You will work within a multidisciplinary team of experienced marine ecologists, geneticists, microbiologists, aquarists and bioinformaticians.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 6-7 Salary ($124,553 to $159,456 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, indefinite opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Your tertiary qualifications and technical skills combined with broad research experience in microbiology allow you to identify and realise innovative research opportunities and to build collaborations to integrate microbiological research with other areas of AIMS science. You are enthusiastic to apply your specialist knowledge to environmental challenges such as the adaptation to climate change and are keen to work as a member or leader of multidisciplinary project teams to develop innovative solutions for coral reefs under pressure.

Next Step

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 within the scope of the position description which 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 Britta Schaffelke at b.schaffelke@aims.gov.au 

Applications close: Monday, 17-May-2021 (Midnight, Queensland time)

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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