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Benthic Ecologist

Perth, WA
Posted 4 days 22 hours ago


Seascape Health & Resilience

Employment Type

Full-time, 5-year Fixed Term


AOF Level 4 salary ($90,321 to $102,784 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation

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About this opportunity

As an experienced Benthic Ecologist, you will work within a team environment to play a significant role in the facilitation of field and lab-based data collection, analysis and reporting activities for a range of tropical benthic ecology projects. Your position will enhance AIMS capacity to conduct research in a range of marine habitats including seaweeds meadows, seagrass beds, mangroves, filter-feeder communities and coral reefs.

You will provide high level support and participate in field data collection on benthic communities using a variety of survey methodologies and undertake post-field work processing including collection and processing of tissue and sediment samples, direct visual surveys, physiological and chemical measurements and analysis of remote water imagery to assess diversity of benthic and intertidal organisms. In additional to supporting statistical analysis, you will prepare reports on benthic monitoring data and will contribute to continuous improvement and innovation in technology and analyses to improve data gathering or dissemination efficiencies.


About you

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your PhD in Marine Biology or a related field, and track record of scientific achievements in the field of benthic ecology, supported by your well-developed knowledge of tropical seascape ecology and understanding of the roles of key benthic groups. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • High level knowledge and experience designing and conducting marine field surveys and experiments with a diversity of benthic community types;
  • Experience with multivariate data analysis, high-quality figure preparation and scientific report writing;
  • Strong competence and knowledge to conduct shore-based and boat-based marine research, including SCUBA-diving based research, resolving challenges as they arise with a safety-first mindset;
  • Demonstrated experience processing data, including image analysis, data archiving and management; and
  • Willingness and ability to participate in fieldwork activities in remote offshore locations for extended periods of time.


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 4 salary ($90,321 to $102,784 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Full-time, 5-year Fixed Term opportunity
  • Located in Perth (Western Australia).
  • 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • 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.


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 (resume and one-page 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 Shaun Wilson, Principal Research Scientist

at sk.wilson@aims.gov.au 


Applications close: SUNDAY, 4 JUNE 2023 (midnight, AEST).