First listed on: 11 September 2020

Research Scientist – Benthic Invertebrate Reproductive and Larval Ecology 


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 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.

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.

As our Research Scientist – Benthic Invertebrate Reproductive and Larval Ecology you will lead and facilitate relevant research across the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program. In this exciting role you will work independently to design and develop research, contribute to ongoing projects through collaboration and student supervision and contribute to the development of proposals. Using aquarium and field experiments, and existing ecological data, you will examine how structural, bio(chemical) and/or ecological factors influence the capacity of reefs to recover and develop practical solutions to overcome bottlenecks for coral halobiont partners under current and future projected conditions.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. The successful candidate will be rewarded with:
•  AIMS AOF Level 5 Salary ($105,706 to $115,882 pro-rata/per annum)
•  15.4% superannuation
•  Generous leave provisions
•  Part-time 58.75 hrs per fortnight, 2-year opportunity (with possibility of extension)
•  Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You
You will have earned your PhD and possess considerable postdoctoral experience that demonstrates your substantive work on the biology, ecology, and/or physiology of benthic sessile reef invertebrates, with a focus on reproduction and larval ecology. Then, relying on your expertise, you will significantly contribute to the design of high-impact research towards innovative Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program objectives. 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.

Next Step
Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download from our website If, after reviewing the position description 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.

On the above website you will also find our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Line Bay on

Applications close: Friday, 25 September 2020 (12pm – Midnight (AEST))

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or hold a valid Australian Working Visa.

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