Virologist - International Program

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7095645 (Ref:cj_82249)

Posted: March 15, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Draw on your expertise in classical virology 
  • Build diagnostic capacity in the Asia-Pacific region and help protect Australia’s pre-border biosecurity
  • Join us at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness and make a real difference to the health & safety of all Australians!


The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) International Program aims to strengthen laboratory capacity, improve quality of laboratory diagnostic services, and improve laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. In partnership with multiple organisations including government, non-government and specialised agencies across Asia-Pacific, the program provides diagnostic expertise and training to animal health laboratories in Asia-Pacific region, enhancing the region’s capacity for disease diagnosis and emergency outbreak response.


We currently have a unique opportunity with our International program at the ACDP, for a Virologist with high-level experience in conducting and coordinating laboratory-based viral diagnostic tests.  As a member of the wider Diagnostic, Surveillance and Response (DSR) program, you will perform classical virology and diagnostic laboratory capacity building work such as virus isolation, antigen and reagent production, general sample processing and other associated laboratory housekeeping activities. Working in high biocontainment (BSL3) laboratories, you will make a strong contribution to the delivery of outputs across a range of quality assured laboratory diagnostic services.


As part of the project objectives of ACDP’s International Program, you will also be involved in the provision of diagnostic training to overseas laboratories (particularly in Indonesia) either in person or virtually. 


Candidates must be able to meet ACDP microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

In this role you will:


•    Work within BSL3 and possibly BSL4 laboratories to perform virology testing under NATA/ISO 17025 accreditation for routine and emergency disease investigation.
•    Support delivery of the ACDP International Program’s delivery of laboratory capacity building projects in the Asia-Pacific region..
•    Characterise virus isolates using classical methods and contribute virology capability for infection trials.
•    Produce reagents under the ACDP quality system and ethical requirements.
•    Contribute to Laboratory Quality Assurance requirements. 
•    Contribute to the planning and execution of virology projects as appropriate. 
•    Contribute to the interpretation and communication of research and technical results.

To be considered you will need:


  • A Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree or equivalent relevant experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline.
  • High level experience in conducting and coordinating laboratory-based viral diagnostic tests with ability to train others.
  • Previous laboratory virology experience in particular working with infectious agents.
  • The ability to support projects, including successful planning, implementation and completion. 
  • The ability to work both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team and to form and maintain effective relationships. 
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to effectively liaise with colleagues and clients from various cultural backgrounds.
  • A willingness and ability to travel overseas for periods of between 1 and 4 weeks.


For the full description of this role, please view the Position Details 



  • Applications are open to Australian Citizens only.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, 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 online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close


Thursday 31 March, 2022 (11pm AEDT)


We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. 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.

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Job posting number:#7095645 (Ref:cj_82249)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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