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SeaSim Aquarists

Townsville, Qld
Posted 6 days 1 hour ago


National Sea Simulator

Employment Type

Full-time, 3-year Fixed Term


AOF Level 3 salary ($70,822 to $79,801 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation

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About these exciting opportunities

The Australian Institute of Marine Science's National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) is a world-class marine research aquarium facility for tropical marine organisms in which scientists can conduct cutting-edge research. Using SeaSim, Australian and international scientists can research the impact of complex environmental changes with large, long-term, experiments in which they can have fine control over key environmental variables such as light, temperature, acidity/pCO2, salinity, sedimentation and contaminants.

Through the provision of direct operational input and support into the operation and maintenance of the National Sea Simulator you will provide essential services to our scientists. As a collaborative partner you will impact the delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 through the provision of industry leading coral husbandry practices. Importantly, you will assist in the operation, optimisation and maintenance of life support systems in the AIMS Seawater Precinct, and the configuration and operation of scientific experiments within this facility.

A key part of this role will involve performing daily monitoring and maintenance tasks on a range of holding and experimental aquaria. Using your passion for sharing knowledge and developing others, you will interact with staff, students, interns, visitors, volunteers and work experience students. Your well-developed communication skills, will enable you to respectfully provide guidance to a diverse range of new users on our innovative best practice husbandry methods, including coral propagation, pest detection and treatment, and reef organism health Additionally, you may occasionally be responsible for developing and implementing environmentally effective guidelines and/or schedules for feeding aquarium stock and controlling pests, as well as monitoring the condition of aquarium stock and ordering/organising replacements as required


About you

  • Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your tertiary qualification in Aquaculture, Marine Biology or equivalent discipline, and your industry experience obtained working in aquarium, aquaculture, or research orientated environments. You experience will enable you to demonstrate your:
  • Knowledge in husbandry and maintenance of coral reef associated organisms;
  • Understanding of operating, monitoring and optimising life support systems for the aquaculture/aquarium industry;
  • Well-developed communication skills that enable you to interact effectively with a diverse range of facility users including team members and external collaborators.


Experience with process control systems such as temperature, salinity and pH probes, as well as experience recording data would be highly desirable.


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 3 salary ($70,822 to $79,801 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Full-time, 3-year Fixed Term opportunity (3 positions)
  • Located in Townsville (Qld). Commuter car arrangements to site
  • 9-day fortnight and 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. 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 (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 should be directed to Dr. David Hughes (SeaSim Research Aquarist) at: d.hughes@aims.gov.au


Applications close: SUNDAY, 11 JUNE 2023 (midnight, AEST).