Job Position: 
Postdoctoral and Professional
Closing Date: 
Friday, January 19, 2018

About AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

Our research into some of Australia’s iconic marine ecosystems guides their management and that of similar systems around the world. We do marine science that has practical benefit to the real world, providing high quality, large-scale and long-term research that is used by governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS researchers at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to the best tools and equipment like the National Sea Simulator, cutting edge laboratories and our fleet of research vessels. Strategic partnerships with industry, community and research collaborators allow AIMS to leverage this capability further.

About this Opportunity

AIMS seeks to grow its capacity to further engage and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and organisations involved in land and sea country ownership and management. To achieve this, AIMS has developed a comprehensive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy. This role is integral to the successful implementation of the strategy.

The successful applicant will assist AIMS to build greater internal cultural competency and develop enhanced external relationships with ATSI people and groups for improved science engagement and collaboration in areas of synergy and mutual benefit. This role will also help facilitate opportunities for employment and pathways to employment for ATSI people in marine science related careers, through AIMS’ participation in a range of initiatives such as Indigenous cadetships, apprenticeships, internships and STEMM immersion and work experience placements.

This role provides an opportunity to work with staff, stakeholders and ATSI people and organisations, to develop the strategy’s implementation plan and contribute to building mutual capacity and capability in marine science.

AIMS is a world leading research organisation and the successful candidate will be offered attractive working conditions including a 9-day fortnight, generous leave entitlements, transportation to site, a salary range of $101,601 - $111,382 and 15.4% superannuation. This role is being offered for a 3 year term and will be based in Townsville, Queensland.

About You

You will have proven experience leading indigenous engagement initiatives and operating in cross-cultural situations between indigenous and non-indigenous audiences, as well be able to demonstrate:

  • Highly developed cultural competency;
  • An extensive understanding of Indigenous Australia, Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their contemporary history particularly in tropical coastal and marine regions of Australia where AIMS works;
  • A comprehensive understanding of contemporary marine science issues in tropical coastal/marine Australia, including science priorities of Indigenous groups;
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience;
  • Well-developed communication and report-writing skills; and
  • Project management experience and the ability to facilitate small group workshops and planning sessions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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