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Research Scientist (Ecotoxicology)

Darwin (NT)
Posted 1 week 5 days ago


NT Science Leader

Employment Type

Full-time, 13-month Temporary Labour Hire


AOF Level 5 salary ($113,275 to $124,181 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation

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About this exciting opportunity

We are searching for an experienced scientist to join our Northern Territory AIMS team and support the development of ecotoxicological test methods (bioassays) for tropical marine species and the application of these tests to contaminants of environmental concern in tropical waters. Your role will include the development of new toxicity test methods using the follow aspects: species selection and collection, determining and optimising culture and test conditions, determining suitable endpoints, establishing QA/QC criteria and method documentation. In addition, a large part of the role will be the application and optimisation of our in-house toxicity tests to assess the toxicity of industrial waste streams, the interpretation of toxicity data and communication of results to clients and stakeholders.

Working closely with our scientists and technical staff, you will also manage and train staff and students in the methods needed to obtain, analyse and interpret ecotoxicological data sets and provide your expertise on larger research projects. You will promote the ecotoxicological capabilities at AIMS to relevant stakeholders and source funding to support the development of toxicity testing within the sustainable use of northwest marine ecosystems program.


About you

You will have achieved your PhD in a discipline relevant to Marine Ecotoxicology and have substantial experience in the development and conduct of a wide range of ecotoxicological procedures, ideally using tropical marine species. You will be well known for your ecotoxicological expertise, and have proven experience in:

  • Undertaking consultancy research, writing project proposals and successful funding applications;
  • Working within a research team, interacting and collaborating with internal and external parties to achieve project and organisational objectives; and
  • Managing, analysing and interpreting complex data sets, and demonstrating a high level written and verbal technical communication skills.


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 5 salary ($113,275 to $124,181 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Full-time, 13-month Temporary (Labour-hire) opportunity
  • Located in Darwin (NT)
  • 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.

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 (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 Claire Streten at c.streten@aims.gov.au  


Applications close: SATURDAY, 17 JUNE 2023 (midnight, AEST).