Seeking a science writer – Australian Institute of Marine Science

Posted on behalf of Steve Clarke, Australian Institute of Marine Science. Please direct enquires to Steve (contact details below).

Science Writer Commencing salary up to $83K (dependent upon skills and experience)


The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is a world-leading research agency committed to the protection and sustainable development of Australia’s tropical marine resources. Its research programs support the management of tropical marine environments around the world, with a primary focus on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia and the pristine marine environments of northwest Australia.

The Institute is seeking the services of a professional to provide expert scientific and corporate writing, editing, media liaison and consultative services in support of its science communication activities.

To be successful in this role, our preferred candidate will have:

* A minimum of five (5) years experience in professional science writing, preferably with a degree or higher level qualification in a relevant discipline. * Demonstrated ability to provide, under limited direction as a member of a small team, high quality, timely and professional science and/or corporate writing and editing. * Experience producing written material for specific audiences including scientists, collaborators, government and industry stakeholders, and the public. * Experience in writing for media and in media liaison.

A sound understanding of the concepts and terminology common in marine science will be an advantage.

The position will be full-time (9 days per fortnight) for a fixed term of 3 years initially. The starting salary will be in the range of $66,496 – $83,397 (as determined by qualifications and experience) plus up to 15.4% superannuation and other employment benefits. Incremental advancement will be based on annual performance review. The position will be located at the Institute’s Cape Ferguson headquarters near Townsville in North Queensland.

Enquiries: Steve Clarke, Science Communication Manager, or phone (07) 4753 4264.

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