position 475

As advertised online at the Seek, Career One, Aquaculturejobs,
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Position No 475

Research Aquarist

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is the leading national organisation researching tropical marine ecosystems. The Institute has world-class laboratory facilities in Townsville Queensland, Perth Western Australia and Darwin Northern Territory, two modern research vessels and extensive technical support.

AIMS is internationally renowned for its capabilities in marine biodiversity, water quality, marine microbiology and climate change. Significant federal government funding is being invested into the AIMS Tropical Marine Research Facilities Project of which a key outcome is the commissioning of the Australian Tropical Oceans Simulator (ATOS).

Design and construction of this state-of-the-art experimental aquarium facility is currently underway at the AIMS Cape Ferguson Research Facility in Townsville, Queensland. This new facility will support innovative research into coral reef ecology, coral spawning, water quality and climate change. A prototype facility is nearing completion and an opportunity for a Research Aquarist has been created to steer this project into the future.

The Aquarist will lead and develop the systems for the holding, propagation, and breeding of organisms for use in research programs undertaken within the ATOS facility with an initial and primary focus on corals. This role will work closely with our research scientists and external collaborators to develop specific research programs with the aquarium capabilities. A primary focus will be a captive breeding program for corals.

Tertiary qualifications in a related field and extensive aquarium experience with tropical organisms are essential. Ideally, the successful candidate will have detailed knowledge of the requirements to develop and maintain aquarium systems for the long term holding, propagation and breeding of corals and other tropical benthic organisms.

Attractive working conditions apply including a remuneration package of $89,369 – $116,333 commencing salary plus up to 15.4% superannuation, learning and development opportunities, generous leave entitlements, 9 day fortnight, commuter car transportation to site and many other benefits.  This opportunity will initially be offered for a fixed term period of three years.

Application information is available from

www.aims.gov.au/employment. Position enquiries may be directed to Craig Humphrey; c.humphrey@aims.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is close of business
Friday July 29, 2011

Application kit: www.aims.gov.au/employment


Applications for advertised positions must be received on or before the specified closing date. Applications which are submitted electronically may be received up to midnight on the specified closing date.

Applications must include a completed coversheet, resume and statement addressing the selection criteria. Other documentation supporting the application will also be accepted.

Applications can be submitted via:


Postal:    Attention Recruitment Coordinator
        PMB 3
        Townsville Mailing Centre
        Townsville Qld 4810

For further enquiries, please contact the Recruitment Coordinator via:

Phone:    +61 (07) 4753 4260
Email:    recruitment@aims.gov.au

Postal:    PMB 3
        Townsville Mailing Centre
        Townsville Qld 4810



AIMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and promotes a smoke free work environment