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Research Scientist – Coastal Oceanography

Darwin (NT)
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago


Oceanography & Shelf Processes

Employment Type

Full-time, Permanent


AOF Level 4 to 5 salary ($90,321 to $124,181 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation

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Closing Date


About this exciting opportunity

You’ll be joining a group that delivers science relating to the critical issue of cumulative stressors in a broad range of tropical marine habitats arising from coastal and catchment development, in the context of shelf-scale processes and ecosystem drivers. An expert in physical oceanography and coastal ocean modelling, you will apply your knowledge across the collection, analysis and interpretation of observational data and model results, and to the development and implementation of numerical models in the aim to resolve strategic and client-defined problems within coastal and shelf-scale oceanography. You can expect in this role to be:

  • Initiating hydrodynamic, water quality and sediment transport modelling research for industry and government stakeholders, which will have results in environmental and economic benefits for northern Australia,
  • Define and undertake research into shelf-ocean interactions and coastal and shelf processes in tropical oceans and seas, this research will be important to reduce uncertainty in advice provided to stakeholders,
  • Developing and implementing hydrodynamic and process models that predict patterns of water circulation, flushing rates and residence times, and transport and fate of dissolved and particulate loads,
  • Engaging with key stakeholders within the research community, industry and government, and giving oral presentations, producing technical reports and scientific papers from your research findings, and
  • A science leader, supporting staff and students with research and ensuring resources are procured and allocated to deliver research activities.


About you

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your PhD in physical oceanography, ocean modelling, coastal engineering or related field, and your extensive professional experience in oceanographic modelling specific to coastal and shelf processes and complex domains. As a high performer with a demonstrated track record of scientific output and reputation for research excellence you can demonstrate your:

  • Experience in using observational instrumentation and the collection, analysis and interpretation of oceanographic data,
  • Extensive computing expertise in Window and UNIX environments, and programming skills using FORTRAN or C, Python, R, MATLAB, NetCDF and Geographical Information Systems such as ARCGIS,
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills that demonstrate experience in applying physical oceanography and ocean modelling techniques to find solutions to identified problems, and
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and a collaborative style of working to effectively communicate with various key stakeholders.
  • Experience in the application of nested models to complex domains would be advantageous, as would experience with operational numerical models and data assimilation techniques applicable for shelf and coastal models.


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 to 5 salary ($90,321 to $124,181 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation. (Candidates may be considered for appointment at AOF level 5 depending on qualifications and experience)
  • Full-time, Permanent opportunity
  • Located in Darwin (NT). Relocation assistance package is available.
  • 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions


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. AIMS may be able to consider sponsorship for international applicants for this role, however, please note that visa processing times can impact the ability for AIMS to consider sponsorship for vacancies. AIMS must meet the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs immigration policies and processes, including the necessity to test the local labour market for suitable applicants. This includes international talent pool members who are Australian visa holders who have relevant working rights.
  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.


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.


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 can be directed to Hemerson Tonin, Physical Oceanographer at h.tonin@aims.gov.au. Applications must be made through our website per above.


Closing date: MONDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2023 (midnight, AEST).