Six new jobs and three Postdocs are now available at AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is the leading national organisation researching tropical marine ecosystems through themes of discovery, process understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of living resources. The Institute has 220 staff operating from bases in Townsville, Perth and Darwin, which provide access to the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Torres Strait, Ningaloo Reef and Kimberley coast, Timor and Arafura Seas. AIMS has world-class laboratory facilities, two modern research vessels and extensive technical support. AIMS is responsible for much of the infrastructure of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System deployed in the tropics. Facilities on AIMS sites in Darwin and Townsville are being enhanced with $55M of capital funds from the Australian Government. In Townsville, this will include a state-of-the-art experimental ocean simulator in an extensive seawater precinct to support innovative research into coral spawning, water quality and climate change. A preview of this exciting project can be found at All of this infrastructure supports five multidisciplinary Research Teams that in 2009 published 145 peer-reviewed outputs covering: (1) biodiversity surveys and ecological/evolutionary processes, (2) long-term monitoring and sustainable resource use, (3) biogeochemical processes and ecosystem health, (4) history and impacts of climate change, and (5) molecular and genetic mechanisms of marine symbioses. Historically, AIMS has raised 25% of budget from earned income and the 2009-10 budget was $50M.

Six new science positions are now available at AIMS – Townsville:
1. Research Team Leader (Climate Change) (position no. 367): Will lead and motivate a team of scientists covering coral sclerochronology, ocean observations, ecological impacts, and risk models. The team has the world’s largest collection of coral cores and will benefit strongly from the new infrastructure investment in ocean observing and controlled ocean simulations (see below).
2. Climate Change Scientist (corals) (position no. 456): Will develop original research on the impacts of changing water chemistry upon reef-building corals and other calcifying organisms.
3. Climate Change Scientist (fishes) (position no. 457): Will develop original research on the impacts of climate change from thermal and other stresses upon tropical fishes.
4. Physical Oceanographer (modeling) (position no. 458): Will apply advanced skills in meso-scale hydrodynamic modeling to the interpretation of ocean observations flowing from IMOS and contribute to the development of a shelf-scale receiving waters model for the Great Barrier Reef.
5. Biostatistician (position no. 436): Will analyse and interpret complex experimental, survey, and monitoring data and develop methods and tools in an area relevant to biodiversity, water quality, or climate change research.
6. Bioinformatician (Postdoctoral Fellow) (position no. 427): Will apply strong skills in contemporary techniques to analyse genetic and genomic data collected from corals, symbionts, and microbes as part of a multidisciplinary team examining Inter-Kingdom chemical communication in the coral holobiont.

More information about these jobs and detailed application kits available at
Further enquiries to AIMS Research Director, Dr Peter Doherty (

Three Super Science Fellowships – ‘The future of the Great Barrier Reef in your hands’
As part of the Australian Government’s Super Science Initiative (Marine and Climate), AIMS has received competitive funding to support three of the World’s best early-career researchers. Successful applicants will conduct original research within a Project entitled A changing climate for calcification on the Great Barrier Reef: past, present and future, which will investigate the impact of environment on marine calcifying taxa. Dr Janice Lough (AIMS) will lead a team of eminent Chief Investigators including Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Dr Ken Anthony (University of Queensland), Dr Bronte Tilbrook (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research) and Professor Michael Bird (James Cook University) to deliver the following projects:
1. Coral calcification and environmental histories (Position No. 446)
2. Current physio-chemical environmental envelopes for coral reef organisms (Position No. 447)
3. Coral community calcification responses (Position No. 448)

These fellowships represent an exceptional opportunity to join a collaborative, multidisciplinary team addressing important questions about the future of coral reefs. Ideal candidates will be high achievers with 3 years of postdoctoral experience in directly relevant research. Positions are for 3 years based in Townsville but with provision to spend up to a year in the partnering institutions. Starting salary will fall between AU$71,567 – AU$78,729 (plus benefits). Detailed application kits are available at Enquiries to Dr Janice Lough (

Three more Super Science Fellowships are available and will be advertised in 2011 to join a follow-on project entitled ‘A Changing Climate on the Great Barrier Reef: Present and Future Implications’. Early-career researchers in the fields of marine microbiology and virology, prokaryote bioinformatics, coral ecophysiology and seawater chemistry should make early contact with Prof Linda Blackall (

Closing date for all positions is 30 September 2010
AIMS reserves its right not to fill any position from this call or to fill any position by invitation.
AIMS is an EEO employer and promotes a smoke free work environment.
Information about Townsville and its surroundings can be found at

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