First listed on: 11 September 2020

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) Postdoctoral Fellow 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 lead and conduct high quality research across various projects in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program. There are currently four Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities available for the following research projects: 

•  21415 Postdoctoral Fellowship – Assisted Evolution via Hybridisation 
      -  Interspecific hybridisation as a tool to enhance coral climate resilience (3-year opportunity commencing October/November 2020).
•  21416 Postdoctoral Fellowship – Assisted Evolution of Coral Algal Symbionts
      -  Enhancement of coral thermal bleaching tolerance via experimental evolution of algal symbionts (2-year opportunity with the potential for extension - commencing October/November 2020).
•  21420 Postdoctoral Fellowship – Adaptation Genomics of Corals
      -  Physiological and genomic markers of heat and bleaching tolerance (3-year opportunity commencing January 2021).
•  21421 – Coral Reproductive Ecology
      -  Identifying environmental and biological drivers of post-deployment coral survival (2-year opportunity with the potential for extension - commencing October/November 2020).

You will conduct research across key areas that span the ecology and evolution of coral holobiont partners. You will take a hands-on role in aquarium and field-based experiments (as required) and will conduct high quality statistical analysis of quantitative and ecological data. Your ability to meet AIMS’ field work requirements including boating and diving will allow you to participate in reef-based research on the Great Barrier Reef.

You will also play a leading role in the internal and external communication of the projects key research and will present scientific findings through the production of scientific reports, papers and presentations. You will have a high level of autonomy and will also collaborate as part of a team on new and on-going research projects, including the supervision of students.

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

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. The successful candidates will be rewarded with:
•  AOF Level 4 Salary ($87,189 to $95,915 per annum)
•  15.4% superannuation
•  Generous leave provisions
•  Appointments to commence between October 2020 and January 2021, neg.
•  Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You
Underpinning your suitability for these opportunities will be your PhD qualification in a relevant discipline, preferably in marine biology, ecology, evolution, or genetics. 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 on our website 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 the application form for these opportunities by selecting the Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 Recruitment on

Applications close Sunday 11 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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