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Postdoctoral Fellowship – Integrating Measurements of Short & Long-term Heat Stress

Townsville, Qld
Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago



Employment Type

Full-time, 2-year Fixed Term


$90,711 to $99,790 per annum

More Information

Closing Date


About this exciting Opportunity

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow who is passionate about working to link short and long-term heat stress in corals through their experiments and research. AIMS have identified the need to link rapid short term heat stress assays with longer term stress experiments where metrics like DHW can be calculated. The research you conduct will be pivotal and you will work collaboratively to communicate your findings via presentations and publications among our projects and programs.

You will focus on using aquarium and field experiments, phenotypic data and/or transcriptomic and genomic data to examine the basis of coral thermal tolerance. Your research will evaluate the scope for adaptation and trait enhancement in the capacity of orals to withstand and recover from disturbances at multiple life stages. 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 which are detailed in our Enterprise Agreement. The successful candidate for this exciting opportunity will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 salary ($90,711 to $99,790 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Free Onsite Gym and Optional Fitness passport
  • 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 2-year Fixed Term opportunity
  • Located in Townsville (Qld). Commuter car arrangements to site
  • 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. AIMS strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Whilst it is not currently a mandatory requirement for this role, AIMS reserves the right to review its position and policy on mandatory vaccinations. It may therefore become a mandatory requirement for this role in the future.

About you
Your PhD in Marine Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics or relevant field and your experience with aquarium experimentation of marine invertebrates (preferably corals) will be fundamental to your success in this role. Your experimentation experience has honed your abilities in generating and analysing physiological data from lab and/or field experiments, and skills in experimental design and statistical analysis of complex data. You will rely on your exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to convey science findings to multiple audiences. 

Experience with geonomics would be highly desirable, as would boat operator and SCUBA diving certifications to support research field trips. 

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 Line K Bay at l.bay@aims.gov.au 

Applications close: WEDNESDAY, 24 AUGUST 2022 (midnight, AEST).

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