First listed on: 15 December 2022

Veterinarian/ Veterinary Scientist

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The Opportunity

  • Work in a world-class research and development precinct
  • Use your love for animal welfare and research in your daily work by developing more humane and effective control methods for damaging pests
  • Help make a difference in the unique environment at Australia’s National Science Agency

As a registered Veterinarian/ Veterinary Scientist at CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity, you’ll be participating in investigations of the biological control of rabbits and be responsible for the small animal facilities at CSIRO, including a domestic rabbit breeding colony. You will form part of a new Team developing novel approaches for genetic biocontrol strategies for the more humane and effective population control of rabbits.

What is so exciting about this job! If you have a passion for research, animal welfare and looking for a flexible and balanced work-life and would like to build a career while contributing towards more humane and effective ways to manage invasive pest animals, then this is the perfect role for you.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide veterinary expertise in support of research projects involving animals including conducting animal husbandry procedures, experimental viral infections, artificial insemination procedures and/or other treatments, and monitoring and collecting biological samples.
  • In collaboration with other scientists, develop reproductive technologies and access materials necessary to engineer the genome of the rabbit, including adapting methodologies of CSIRO’s sperm transfection assisted genome engineering (STAGE) technologies for application in the rabbit.
  • Provide advice on best practice breeding and colony management of research animals, including health monitoring programs.
  • Provide appropriate clinical care, including monitoring and management of research animals.
  • Maintain high levels of animal welfare and strive for improvement through innovation, astute observation, promotion of animal welfare principles and compliance with Animal Ethics Committee protocols and policies.
  • Develop, deliver and assess technical training procedures and resources for staff members involved in animal work, and maintain a training register.
  • In collaboration with other scientists in the team, develop and manage Animal Research Ethics Proposals for projects, including reporting.
  • Liaise with the local biosecurity committee to implement PC2 certification and re-certification of the small animal facilities.
  • Strive for “Zero Harm” (physical and psychological) and actively promote a healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable workplace, in doing so model appropriate and professional behaviour in the workplace and manage people matters proactively.
  • Support the Research Group Leaders to build the long?term science capability to support the delivery of the Program’s research and impact where it pertains to research involving animals

Location:  Canberra
Salary:  AU$105k – AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  up to 3 years
Reference:  83208

To be considered you will need:

  • A veterinary degree registrable with the relevant Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board. 
  • Demonstrated track record in Research delivery with experience in preparing and presenting oral and written reports on research findings.
  • Demonstrated experience with writing animal ethics and human research ethics proposals and familiarity with relevant codes of practice.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting animal research in Physical Containment (PC2) facilities.
  • Proven ability to work productively and harmoniously in a team, with a good understanding of the basis of a successful team, and the ability to work independently as required.
  • Proven commitment to safeguarding and improving the welfare of animals, including knowledge of the Australian Code of Practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

For full details about this role and a few desirable selection criteria please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and temporary residents currently residing in Australia (sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).

Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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.

We’ll be reviewing each application as they are received. If you think you have the right capabilities required to be a part of this team, we'd love to hear how your capabilities, achievements and experience sets you apart.

Applications Close

26 January 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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