First listed on: 08 May 2020


The Opportunity

  • Contribute to Australia’s scientific response to COVID-19
  • Diagnostic research for the purpose of mitigating the effects of viral agents
  • Join the exceptional CSIRO / ACDP team at Geelong!

This virologist/molecular biologist position is based at CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP, formerly known as AAHL – Australian Animal Health Laboratory) and will bring expertise in support of diagnostic and research projects, for the purpose of mitigating the effects of viral agents on society, the economy and the environment. The successful candidate will provide expertise in virology, molecular biology and other relevant disciplines to various research projects based at ACDP. They will help develop and apply diagnostic assays and other testing processes to specific experimental objectives, they will manage laboratory facilities and will supervise and train early career scientists.

The role will require working with dangerous human and veterinary pathogens at high levels of bio-containment. The successful candidate will need to meet ACDP microbiological security and security assessment requirements and to undergo medical and psychological assessments.

Your duties will include

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Oversee students and early career scientists and assist them in conducting their research.
  • Provide general laboratory support relevant to high containment laboratories, including at level PC3/PC4 and under SSBA, OGTR and Department of Agriculture regulatory frameworks.
  • Under the direction of project leaders and line managers, conduct relevant technical procedures, including advanced cell culture systems, virological analyses, immunostaining and molecular biology methods.
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise and advice for projects.

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 67108

To be successful you will need

  1. Tertiary qualifications in virology, molecular biology or other relevant field, or equivalent relevant work experience, and demonstrated post-graduate experience in a relevant area of scientific research.
  2. Demonstrated experience in contributing to experimental research, including planning and implementing research projects.
  3. Demonstrated experience in data analysis and writing/presenting scientific reports.
  4. Willingness to participate in experiments using animals infected with pathogens.
  5. NOTE: Appointment to this role is subject to several conditions including a national security check, medical and psychological assessments, specific vaccination requirements and other conditions of appointment relevant to working in a contained facility.

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

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. 

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.

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

24 May 2020

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