First listed on: 07 September 2020

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) Technical Opportunities


About AIMS
The Australian Institute of Marine Science is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

We are a trusted advisor, a partner and employer of choice, and we value integrity, innovation, collaboration and respect.

AIMS’ research of Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems guides their effective environmental management and contributes to our understanding of similar ecosystems around the world. Our research seeks to deliver practical benefit to all Australians and supports the sustainable use of our tropical marine estate. Governments, reef managers, industry and the wider community look to our high-quality, long-term research for informed decisions about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf, and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS expert teams at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to world-class infrastructure, unique data-sets, cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels.  At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity
The Reef Restoration, and Adaptation Program (RRAP) is the largest, most comprehensive program of its type in the world; a collaboration of leading experts in reef ecology, water and land management, engineering, innovation and social sciences. The program draws on the full breadth of Australian expertise and that from around the world and aims to strike a balance between minimising risk and maximising opportunity to save Reef species and values from the impacts of climate change.

After completing the world's most rigorous and comprehensive investigation into medium and large-scale reef intervention in 2019, RRAP is now is embarking on a long-term R&D program to develop, test and risk-assess novel interventions to help keep the Reef resilient and sustain critical functions and values.

Opportunities exist within AIMS to provide high quality technical expertise to support various research projects under the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program as an Experimental Research Technician, Field Technician, or Field and SeaSim Research Assistant. There are currently 9.5 positions available across the following roles and research projects: 

Experimental Research Technicians:

  • 21417 Aquaculture – Optimising Coral Propagation at Scale (Full-Time 2-year opportunity)
  • 21418 & 21433 Enhanced Corals and Treatments – Selective Breeding for Assisted Gene Flow (Full-Time 2-year opportunities)
  • 21419 Microalgal Culturing (Part-time 2-year opportunity – 36.75 hours per fortnight)
  • 21422 Aquaculture – Deployment Devices (Full-Time 2-year opportunity)
  • 21432 Aquaculture – Optimal Biotic Conditions (Full-Time 2-year opportunity)
  • 21434 Aquaculture – Biological and Environmental Drivers (Full-Time 2-year opportunity)

Field Technicians:

  • 21412 & 21431 Coral Aquaculture and Deployment and Enhanced Corals and Treatments (Full-Time 2-year opportunities)

Field and SeaSim Research Assistant:

  • 21411 Eco-RRAP (Full-Time 2-year opportunity)

In these roles you will provide technical assistance with laboratory and field research activities including spawning, propagation, experimental set-up and maintenance, data collection, and data and laboratory analysis, maintenance, and management. You will contribute to the writing of procedures, reports, and scientific manuscripts. In undertaking these activities, you will also have access to AIMS’ National Sea Simulator, a world-class marine research aquarium facility for tropical marine organisms.

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack below for further details regarding each position, including the Position Description.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. The successful candidates will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 3 salary ($66,089 to $74,468 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • 2-year opportunities
  • Appointments to commence between November 2020 and January 2021
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You
Underpinning your suitability for these opportunities will be your tertiary qualification and research experience in marine science, coral biology, ecology, evolution, or similar. You will also have the ability to meet the key and additional essential selection criteria for the position/s you are interested in applying for.

Next Step
Further information about these exciting and challenging opportunities is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience, and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

For your application to be considered you must follow the “How to Apply” instructions detailed in our Candidate Information Pack. To assist you with your application, we suggest that you also download and review our Recruitment Application Guide which is available below.

Please complete one application form for these opportunities by selecting the position/s you are interested in applying for in order of preference. Your application will be considered for each position selected.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to AIMS Recruitment on

Applications close Monday 05 October 2020.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea on which we work. We recognise the unique relationships and enduring cultural and spiritual connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to land and sea, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. 


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