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Research Scientist: Ecological Modelling

Townsville, Qld
Posted 1 week ago



Employment Type

Full-time, 5-year Fixed Term


$109,976 to $120,564 per annum

More Information

Closing Date


About this Exciting Opportunity

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is developing a suite of mechanistic and statistical models aimed at providing the capacity to explore the observed and future impacts of different pressures on coral reef functioning. By combining these models, AIMS plans to be able to evaluate the potential benefit of management, restoration, adaptation, and mitigation strategies focusing on informing decision support. As part of this modelling effort, we are looking for an enthusiastic team player, who can help lead the development of this modelling architecture while developing a strong research portfolio centered around understanding reef dynamics.

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 5 salary ($109,976 to $120,564 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, 5-year Fixed Term opportunity
  • Located in Townsville (Qld). Commuter car arrangements to site
  • Relocation Assistance available

About you

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your PhD in Marine Biology or an Environmental Science discipline with an emphasis on modelling population and community dynamics on coral reefs.  And your experience integrating complex models to explore different ecological scenarios. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • Experience managing large datasets and conducting complex statistical analyses
  • Experience developing modelling frameworks that integrate independent modules within an ecological setting
  • Experience developing or integrating models focused on propagating uncertainty and inference across different levels of ecological organisation
  • Strong communication skills and commitment to risk management and the principles and practices of Occupational Health and Safety and Diversity.

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.

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 Juan Ortiz at j.ortiz@aims.gov.au 

Applications close: THURSDAY, 11 August 2022.

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