First listed on: 16 November 2021

Research Technician - Dangerous Pathogens


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The Opportunity

  • Work in a microbiologically secure laboratory as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Use your experience in virology, molecular or serological assays
  • Join CSIRO & be involved in the response to the coronavirus outbreak

CSIRO is seeking a motivated Research Technician – Dangerous Pathogens to work collaboratively within the Health and Biosecurity research team and with AAHL business unit. The successful candidate will be involved in high profile projects for external clients in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, delivering work within the quality framework working to the principles of GLP.

In this role, you will work independently in the PC3 and PC4 microbiologically secure laboratories and be responsible for the delivery of outputs across a range of quality assured laboratory tests that involve molecular biology, virology and serology. In addition to laboratory research, the incumbent may also be involved in field work as required based on research objectives.

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP’s microbiological security and psychometric assessment requirements and be willing to undertake fully encapsulated suit training to meet the stringent requirements to work at PC4.

Your duties will include:

  • Working in a microbiologically secure laboratory (PC2, 3, 4) as part of a multi-disciplinary research team as a response to novel coronavirus outbreak, with responsibilities and outputs supporting and delivering quality assured testing. 
  • Undertaking and completing tasks independently or collaboratively with colleagues on assigned research and development activities, including animal and field work, experimental design, implementation and timely completion of work, while maintaining an awareness of team priorities and flexibility to assist team flow.  
  • Contributing to the effective functioning and objectives of the Health and Biosecurity Unit as advised by line management.
  • Abiding by and promoting ACDP's microbiological security regulations.

Location: Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) Geelong VIC
Salary: AU$66k - AU$84k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 2 years
Reference: 78631

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. 
  • Technical competence in performing virology, molecular and/or serological assays.
  • A history of working both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team, and to be able to form and maintain effective and respectful relationships with a range of colleagues and collaborators.
  • The ability to plan and schedule workflow in a timely and technically sound manner.
  •  High level interpersonal, written and verbal, communication skills including the ability to document results and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients in order to meet project goals and timelines.
  • The ability and willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be considered, applicants must be Australian citizens and will be required to:

  • Obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting Level 1.
  • Undertake a National Health Security Check.
  • Comply with the Security Assessment and Microbiological Security Requirements for Personnel Working on the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) Site, as outlined in the Position Description.
  • Be willing and able to undertake fully encapsulated suit training.
  • Be willing and able to undertake domestic travel and possible fieldwork as required.

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. 

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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

5 December 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT

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