Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Postdoctoral Fellowship – Ecology of Reef Dynamics - Australian Institute of Marine Science - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 21 December 2020

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Postdoctoral Fellowship – Ecology of Reef Dynamics


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 datasets, 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.

An opportunity exists with AIMS to lead and conduct high quality research to develop and implement integrated coral reef research, with a special focus on reef health, reef dynamics, and natural recovery and adaptation processes.
In this role you will contribute to the design and implementation of field and laboratory research across key areas including coral demography and traits, coral adaptation to climate change, quantitative population models, and spatial ecology. You will also be responsible for conducting high quality processing and statistical analysis of complex spatial and temporal data-sets, and will develop evolutionary and ecological models to describe statistical findings.

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 multidisciplinary team, which may include the supervision of students and volunteers.

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

  • AOF Level 4 Salary ($87,189 to $95,915 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You
Underpinning your suitability for this opportunity will be your PhD qualification in a relevant discipline, preferably in marine ecology, and will be able to demonstrate your:

  • Sound knowledge and expertise in coral population dynamics, coral traits and demography, and evolutionary ecology;
  • Experimental design and analysis experience, both in the field and the laboratory, in quantitative ecology and evolution; and
  • Proficiency and experience in project management and organisation of field work in remote locations.

Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Australian Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment.

Next Step
Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity 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 on our website.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Dr Juan Ortiz on

Applications close: 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021.

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