Research Officer


James Cook University


Cairns, Queensland

Salary etc:

$73,551 - $98,283 p.a. + super. Fixed-term, Full-time.



James Cook University (JCU) is creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics and beyond, through education and research that makes a difference locally and globally. We now have an opportunity for a passionate and experienced Researcher to join our team within TropWATER.

  • Full-time; fixed-term two years.
  • Academic Level A up to $98,283 per annum plus up to 17% employer superannuation contributions, leave loading and other generous employee benefits.
  • Based at the Cairns Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield.

About TropWATER

The Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) is an amalgamation of aquatic expertise from across James Cook University. It brings together over 150 research and support staff and over 100 post-graduate students into one cohesive research group. TropWATER provides a unique opportunity for multidisciplinary research activities by integrating JCU's aquatic expertise into one unit, which covers the full spectrum of freshwater, estuarine and marine waters, with expertise from ecology, water quality, hydrology, engineering, physics, oceanography, modelling and resource economics.

What you can accomplish in the role

As a researcher, you will work within a multi-disciplinary team, working on research and development of coastal habitat mapping and monitoring methodologies in remote Northern Australia. You will have the opportunity to use new technologies to expand the scope, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of benthic habitat mapping and monitoring, whilst working closely with Traditional Owners.

What you can bring to the role:

  • Possession of a Masters or PhD degree.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of coastal habitats as it applies to mapping, monitoring or conservation.
  • Experience contributing significantly to the management of projects, including preparing funding proposals, developing research partnerships and managing project workflow.
  • Demonstrated research design, data analysis, and interpretation of environmental and/or ecological data.
  • Research outputs such as technical reports and scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals including as a lead author.
  • Computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office, mapping and modelling software such as R.
  • Experience with organising and managing field programs or similar logistical operations.

Desirable skills include:

  • Experience flying drones for research or analysing airborne imagery from drones and remote sensing.
  • Experience in ecological modelling.
  • Experience with databases and mapping software such as ArcGIS/QGIS.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Australian communities, especially Land and Sea Rangers.
  • Professional experience in a similar role.
  • Hold a current Queensland recreational boat licence or coxswain.

Why JCU?

JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth - working under the values of Authenticity, Excellence, Integrity, and Respect. We support our people through the provision of.

  • A generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions with UniSuper.
  • 5 weeks of annual recreation leave and Annual leave loading.
  • 15 days paid sick/carers leave per year.
  • Attractive options for salary packaging.
  • Fitness Passport.
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (coaching and counselling).
  • Access to online media subscriptions.
  • Corporate discount on health insurance premiums.
  • Balance of work and life so you can enjoy a lifestyle that supports a diverse range of leisure and sporting interests.

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