First listed on: 05 November 2021

Tissue Culture Technician


The Opportunity

  • Do you have experience in plant science and want to learn new skills?
  • Start your career in plant tissue culture and biotechnology
  • Join a highly motivated team in CSIRO Agriculture and Food!

CSIRO Agriculture and Food is seeking a motivated Tissue Culture Technician to work in the area of plant biotechnology in the Legume Engineering Team. You will join a group of highly motivated researchers led by Dr Jose Barrero and Dr TJ Higgins working on cowpea improvement using gene technology. 

As the successful candidate, you will mainly be involved primarily in tissue culture and also in some molecular work and glasshouse activities. You will work on an externally funded Gates Foundation RIPE project on photosynthetic improvement and an AATF (African Agricultural Technology Foundation) project on insect resistant cowpea. Both projects focus on generating improved transgenic cowpea, a staple crop of sub-Saharan Africa.

If you are looking for a career in plant tissue culture and biotechnology, please read on! As the successful candidate, you will have a background in biology or science with experience in plant science as well as being self-motivated and well-organised. 

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking and completing tissue culture tasks under technical direction, working with discretion to decide on the timing of operations within the work team's plan and planning ahead to meet experiment and/or project demands. 
  • Undertaking molecular biology experiments, laboratory analyses or technology development activities (some non-routine) using a range of techniques (including DNA extractions, PCR, protein extractions and westerns), often working on several parallel tasks. 
  • Maintaining plant experiments in glasshouse and growth cabinets. 

Location: Canberra (Black Mountain) ACT
Salary: AU$66k - AU$84k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 78972

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Biology or Science. 
  • Knowledge of plant science, cell biology and aseptic techniques.
  • Good communication skills coupled with the ability to maintain accurate records. 
  • The ability to work collaboratively within a team to achieve results.
  • A history of managing multiple priorities whilst meeting tight time frames and organisational goals. 
  • The ability and willingness to learn new laboratory skills and techniques. 

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be considered for this role, you must be:

  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen
  • An Australian Permanent Resident
  • An Australian Temporary Resident with full work rights for the duration of the term, without the requirement of sponsorship from CSIRO.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. 

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

28 November 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT

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

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