Research Fellow in Marine Molecular Ecology

University of Western Australia Australian Institute of Marine Science


Research Fellow in Marine Molecular Ecology

Job no: 504742

Work type: full-time

Location: Perth CBD

Categories: Science

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
• Environmental DNA (eDNA) Marine Research
• Coral ecological and population genetics project
• World leading marine research organisation
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. Our AIMS Strategy 2025 journey is contingent on each team member’s valuable contribution towards the delivery of positive environmental, social and economic impacts for Australia’s marine estate.
About this Opportunity

Our Research Fellow - Marine Molecular Ecology will play a strong role in developing the molecular genetics capabilities of the AIMS@UWA alliance within AIMS’ Sustainable use of North-West Marine Ecosystems program. You will work closely with researchers at AIMS and UWA, benefiting from the partners’ co-location in the Indian Ocean Marine Science Centre on the UWA campus. You will lead and support projects related to understanding mechanisms of thermal tolerance in marine foundation species, particularly corals.
Additionally, you will lead the development and application of molecular biological approaches to marine research, particularly the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) for monitoring ecosystems and their resident fishes and megafauna. A key component of this position will be fostering collaboration between the two institutions and to position the AIMS and UWA partnership as a leader in the field of marine molecular ecology. Your success in this role will be dependent on your capacity to commit, as both a leader and participant, to structured expeditionary fieldwork off-shore sea-going field trips often undertaken in demanding conditions for extended periods of time.
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 per annum)
• 15.4% superannuation
• Generous leave provisions
• Full-time, 3-year opportunity
• Located in Perth, Western Australia
About You

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your PhD in molecular ecology, genetics or equivalent degree in biological or environmental discipline, plus considerable postgraduate research experience in coral ecological and population genetics. Against this background, you’ll be able to demonstrate your:
• Ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships to foster the collaboration across a broad range of projects, disciplines, and research institutions;
• Strong quantitative skills emphasising database and statistical operations relevant to molecular biological data management and analysis; and
• Experience in developing high-quality meaningful data reports and producing well written leading scientific papers.
Residency Requirements:
All candidates considered including international students
Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the position description which is available to download from our website If, after reviewing the position description, 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 our website you will also find our application instructions which include the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria which is listed on the position description.
Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.
Position enquiries can be directed to 
Applications close Monday, 18-June-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.

Advertised: 05 Jun 2020 W. Australia Standard Time

Applications close: 18 Jun 2020 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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