First listed on: 24 December 2022

Genome Engineer


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in developmental biology or genetic engineering?
  • Keen to work in the field of reproductive biology and genome engineering in mammals?
  • Use your love for animal welfare and research in your daily work by developing more humane and effective control methods for one of Australia’s worst invasive pests, the rabbit?

This exciting opportunity is in the field of reproductive biology and genome engineering in mammals. The broad aim of the project is to develop novel genetic biocontrol strategies for the more humane and effective population control of rabbits, as a more humane alternative to classical viral biocontrol systems.

As a Research Scientist at CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity, you will design and implement genetic strategies for skewing the sex ratio of offspring towards one sex, or to generate offspring where one sex is infertile. There will be opportunity to interact with other groups across CSIRO with genome engineering capability for animal agriculture and aquaculture applications as well as infectious disease studies. Close collaborative links also exist with leading researchers in genetic biocontrol at the University of Adelaide.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking genetic and genomic analysis of the rabbit genome to identify targets for genetic biocontrol strategies
  • Using the knowledge of developmental biology and gametes formation to define potential gene targets for sex/fertility control strategies. Undertaking genomic analyses on mammalian samples to validate those candidate targets.
  • Exploring validated targets using in vitro assays and animal models
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.

Location:  Canberra (ACT)
Salary:  AU$105k – AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  3 years
Reference:  90151

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as molecular biology or genetic engineering, biotechnology or cell biology.
  • Demonstrated high-level skills in molecular biology in particular genome engineering tools such as CRISPR and mammalian cell culture.
  • A strong knowledge of animal genetics (both molecular genetics and genomics)
  • Experience and knowledge with the application of genetic technologies in a range of different animal species, in particular oviparous species.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa(sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates). Appointment to this role is subject to 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

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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

29 January 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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