First listed on: 04 June 2020

Research Program Director - Sustainable Use of North-West Marine Ecosystems


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.

About this Opportunity
Our Sustainable Use of North-West Marine Ecosystems Research Program focuses on five key challenges for sustainable resource management: climate change, pressures on marine ecosystems, opportunities in blue carbon, documenting and conserving biodiversity, and monitoring ecosystem change. These challenges shape the strategic objectives of the Research Program that align with AIMS Strategy 2025.

Reporting directly to our Chief Executive Officer, our Research Program Director will further develop and foster a strong and positive organisational culture and will promote science excellence and the role of AIMS as a provider of world-class science knowledge and as trusted advisor to both private and public sector institutions. In this role, you will be a key member of the AIMS Leadership Team (ALT), and will contribute to the development of AIMS’ strategic research directions and the effective management of research and support activities across all locations and thematic areas. You will identify opportunities, and ensure the delivery of relevant AIMS Strategy 2025 outcomes.

Leading a team of science and support staff, you will be responsible for developing and implementing a significant marine research portfolio for North-West Australia, through effective research planning and management, stakeholder engagement and capability development. You will also lead transformational change through effective communication and supporting and encouraging staff initiative and innovation.

Your energy and passion will be your motivation towards achieving the relevant AIMS Strategy 2025 objectives, towards providing positive environmental, social and economic impacts for Australia’s marine estate.

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

  • Salary arrangement ($173,780 to $188,354 per annum)
  • Motor vehicle
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 5-year opportunity
  • Located in Perth, Western Australia

About You
Reflecting on your research science leadership career, you will have applied your industry research experience and strategic capabilities to successfully develop major scientific research programs in partnership with industry and government.  Additionally, your exceptional stakeholder engagement talents, and written and oral communication skills enable you to attract major investment for these programs.

Your proven track record of building and leading high performing multi-disciplinary teams and, PhD qualification (or equivalent industry research experience) in a relevant marine science will enable you to demonstrate your:

  • superior ability to foster a collaborative research culture with effective working relationships among researchers from different disciplines and agencies;
  • advanced planning, budgeting, financial and staff management, resource allocation, and reporting capabilities;
  • highly developed written and oral communication skills extending to persuasive negotiation and sensitive personnel management; and
  • advocacy capabilities and awareness of Workplace Health and Safety issues and a knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity.

Next Step
Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is detailed in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download from our website If, after reviewing the Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, talents and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Your application for this opportunity should include a current curriculum vitae and a written brief, outlining your suitability for the position and addressing the selection criteria listed in the Candidate Information Pack. You will also need to provide a statement that reflects your vision for the future of our Sustainable use of North-West Marine Ecosystems Research Program.

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

Recruitment Contact: To arrange for a confidential discussion and/or further information about this exciting opportunity please contact Dr Paul Hardisty at

Applications close on Wednesday, 01 July 2020.

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