First listed on: 19 May 2019

Aquatic Veterinary Pathologist

The Opportunity

  • Work in a high quality research environment on aquatic animal health team
  • Reduce the impact of disease to aquaculture species through multidisciplinary approaches.
  • Join CSIRO’s internationally recognised Agriculture & Food Business Unit

The aquatic animal health team is a cornerstone of CSIRO’s Aquaculture Program. Focused on the diagnosis, control and mitigation of diseases in Aquaculture, our multidisciplinary team works hand-in-hand with industry partners to provide targeted and relevant R&D. Working across a range of aquaculture species including finfish, crustaceans and shellfish our team aims to reduce the impact of disease through multidisciplinary approaches.

The role of the Aquatic veterinary pathologist will be to apply specialist knowledge in aquatic animal health, namely diagnostic pathology and disease investigations, to contribute to, initiate and lead client focussed research projects which aim to improve the health and welfare of aquaculture species. This will be done within national and international settings and will integrate with complimentary work in genetics, aquaculture nutrition, environmental management and socio-economics.

Your duties will include

  • Contribute to complex projects, providing scientific input to multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites, ensuring project delivery on time and to budget.
  • Develop and lead a pipeline of new research projects aligned to the Research Program’s objectives, attract and secure external funding (Industry or Government).
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders to build an effective network for collaboration, develop and progress challenging but realistic research plans, and identify pathways to help deliver science impact.
  • Negotiate, plan and develop the resources, infrastructure and capability required to undertake research experiments.
  • Maintain a reputation for excellent research contribution across the science community via the production of various media, including high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to the effective functioning of the wider research program to facilitate the delivery of CSIRO’s organisational objectives.

Location: Hobart, TAS or Brisbane, QLD
Salary: $113K to $132K plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 61549

To be successful you will need

  • A degree in Veterinary Science (BVSc) and/or PhD focused on aquatic pathology, with previous experience working with aquatic animals including finfish, crustaceans, and/or shellfish within either a research or commercial environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in aquatic animal health including disease investigations and diagnostic pathology (including histopathology).
  • A commitment to research with a proven ability to undertake multidisciplinary investigations of disease processes.
  • A sound knowledge of current and emerging diseases affecting major aquaculture species in Australia and abroad.
  • Demonstrated record of scientific creativity and innovation with an ability to articulate clear goals and inspire others to achieve those goals (create the science vision).
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective networks with government, industry and research institutions, particularly within the aquaculture sector.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter that outlines how your experience meets the selection criteria for this position.

Applications Close

Friday 28th June, 2019

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date

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