Principal Research Scientist - Coral Reef Ecology and Monitoring - Australian Institute of Marine Science - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 14 August 2019

Principal Research Scientist - Coral Reef Ecology and Monitoring


About AIMS
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.
Our research into some of Australia’s iconic marine ecosystems guides their management and that of similar systems around the world. We do marine science that has practical benefit to the real world, providing high quality, large-scale and long-term research that is used by governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf and Arafura and Timor Seas.
AIMS researchers at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to the best tools and equipment like the National Sea Simulator, cutting edge laboratories and our fleet of research vessels.

About this Opportunity
The Principal Research Scientist will play a significant scientific leadership role in our Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef program. The program is responsible for conducting interdisciplinary research to provide managers and policymakers with a better understanding of the Reef’s vulnerability to climate change and ocean acidification, and its interactions with local and regional environmental stressors.

Using the professional leadership and project management capabilities that you have gained through your PhD studies in a relevant discipline, along with your substantial postdoctoral experience working with coral reef biology or reef ecology you will initiate, coordinate and conduct nationally and internationally recognised coral reef research. Your extensive experience in conducting and leading marine ecological field work will be fundamental for driving multi-disciplinary team outcomes that are focused on building a strong foundation for the development of innovative ecological observation technologies that will support decision making in a complex, dynamic and changing environment.

Apply now and join a world leading Institute with attractive working conditions.
The successful candidate will be rewarded with:
• AIMS AOF Level 7 Salary ($137,124 to $153,264 per annum)
• 15.4% superannuation
• Generous leave provisions
• Full-time, indefinite opportunity
• Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You
Reflecting on your PhD outcome (in a relevant discipline) and extensive postdoctoral experience in coral reef biology or reef ecology you will have the ability to demonstrate your:
• Advanced understanding of environmental issues facing coral reef ecosystems globally and regionally;
• Personal attributes of a team player with strong self-awareness, and interpersonal skills and the ability to foster an atmosphere of innovation, collaboration, creativity and excellence among others;
• Extensive experience in conducting and leading marine ecological field work; and
• Demonstrated ability and motivation to engage, communicate, build relationships and foster partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders from government, industry, academia and the public.

Next Step
If this opportunity is something you are interested in, please review the position description, application information, and selection criteria on our website Candidates are advised that applications must include statements addressing the selection criteria.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Nicole Webster,

Applications close Monday 9 September 2019.