Careers with FRDC

The FRDC employs staff based upon their suitability for a position and organisational fit. It promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin, or on the basis that an individual either is, or is not, a member of a union of employees or of a particular union of employees.


Current Vacancies 

Role Tenure Applicant information Closing date
Research Portfolio Manager

The Research Portfolio Manager will take on an agile role across the process and engagement elements of the Research & Development Investment (RDI) business unit. Undertaking roles between elements of process and engagement will be guided by the Senior Research Portfolio Manager. The Research Portfolio Manager will also be engaged in cross-functional teams. 

Full time 3 year contract role


14 August 2021


Communications Support Officer

The FRDC is seeking a Communications Support Officer to support its communication’s team. Working within the FRDC’s small communications team, the position will undertake a variety of tasks, from content creation (website, magazine, newsletters and social media) to the planning and administration that supports the team. 

Full time 1 year ongoing contract role

 COB 14 August 2021


Other avenues for employment 


Most Australian Universities offer either degrees in marine science or related disciplines (e.g. aquaculture), or marine science courses within their science degrees. The specific training available at these institutions is continually changing and developing; therefore it would be most beneficial to the reader to browse particular university websites. All Australian universities are listed at the following link, by state and territory.

Marine Education Society of Australia

The Marine Education Society of Australia website contains several links to organisations and institutions that offer training and career options in marine science. MESA is a national organisation that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments. 

Australian Marine Sciences Association

The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting marine science and coordinating discussion and debate of marine issues in Australia. It provides a page of links to additional resources. 

Australian Society for Fish Biology

The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) promotes research, education and management of fish and fisheries in Australia and provides a forum for the exchange of information.

Government organisations

There are a number of Federal and State and Territory departments that have science career options linked to fisheries, natural resources, parks and wildlife, water management, conservation and environment protection.


Several state museums conduct collaborative research and education work in relation to marine science. A list of Australian museums can be found at –

Private Industry

Private industry contributes towards research and development within Australia, a number of companies offer employment opportunities to marine scientists. This is an ever-changing scene. Some relevant industry sectors are listed below: 

  • National Aquaculture Council
  • National Seafood Industry Alliance (commercial fishing)
  • marine engineering
  • marine planning consultants
  • marine tourism
  • offshore petroleum exploration shipping infrastructure.

Seafood Industry training

The new and revised qualifications and skills standards for all sectors are published on the website. For more on seafood industry training packages see: