First listed on: 08 January 2021

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Quantitative Decision Science / Operations Research 


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. At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity
The Modelling and Decision Support (M&DS) team provides solution science, which is a strategic growth priority for AIMS by delivering evidence-based science and advice for internal and external customers.

Our Postdoctoral Fellow - Quantitative Decision Science/Operations Research will fill the most urgent and critical element of AIMS’ capacity development in decision support.The Fellow will extend AIMS’ modelling capability to help tackle complex decision problems for marine science, management and policy.

In this role you will join AIMS’ multi-disciplinary team of oceanographic, biological and ecological modellers, and with national and international collaborators in the fields of engineering, economics. business strategy and social sciences. You will do so by integrating advanced quantitative and analytical decision analyses (mathematics, statistics, programming, data science, machine learning) to help identify optimal solutions to complex, multi-objective decision problems in linked social-ecological systems such as the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo.

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

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 Salary ($84,285 to $95,915 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 4-year opportunity
  • Located in Townsville (Queensland) or Perth (Western Australia)

About You
You will have achieved your PhD in quantitative ecology, operations research, data science, applied mathematics, or another relevant discipline and possess strong programming skills in major platform (e.g. R, Matlab, C++, Python, Julia) and demonstrated application to problem-solving in complex systems, ideally in ecology. In addition to these qualities, your strong background in applied mathematics, statistics, complex systems modelling and/or data science and experience in leading or collaborating in solution-focused projects in the field of Operations Research or quantitative Decision Science will enable to you to demonstrate your suitability for this opportunity.

Next Step
Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download from our website  If, after reviewing the position description included in the Candidate Information Pack, 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 the above website you will also find our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria within the scope of the position description which is detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

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

Position enquiries can be directed to Ken Anthony at or on 0455 055 392.

Applications close Friday, 5-February-2021 (9am, Perth WA time)

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.


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