Team Leader - Avian Infectious Disease Research

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7096217 (Ref:cj_82442)

Posted: March 22, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country


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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Lead people and projects to pursue new ideas and concepts
  • Contribute to innovative research within the Diagnostics, Surveillance and Response program
  • Work in the unique environment of the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness and make a real difference!


As the Team Leader in Avian Infectious Disease Research at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), you will undertake specific research relating to avian animals, and support the team’s innovative research aligned with CSIRO’s strategies.  Adapting to the changing needs of the group, you will interact closely with government and industry stakeholders and provide effective people and project leadership.  In this key role, you will make a significant contribution to R&D and diagnostic testing activities within the ACDP Diagnostics, Surveillance and Response Program. 

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance requirements.

In this role you will:


  • Work with direct line management responsibilities to the Diagnostics and Avian Disease Research Group Leader for meeting CSIRO and AAHL policy, procedures and reporting related to this position.
  • Lead, plan and coordinate a diverse range of research activities.
  • Lead experimental research delivery and ensure Avian Infectious Disease research and diagnostic capabilities are maintained.
  • Develop Avian Infectious Disease research capability team objectives that are aligned with the broader group and DSR program performance goals.
  • Collaborate to publish results of investigations and service activities.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of laboratory practices and standards.
  • Maintain current knowledge on avian infectious diseases of major concern to Australian wildlife and livestock industries, and on novel and emerging technologies.
  • Effectively communicate scientific and diagnostics results. 


Location:     Geelong - Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), Victoria
Salary:          AU$117k to AU$138k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    82442

To be considered you will need:


  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as virology, molecular biology, biotechnology or similar. 
  • Theoretical and practical expertise in a wide range of relevant classical and modern techniques and technologies applicable to the study of infectious diseases.
  • Scientific knowledge, experience and achievement in managing multidisciplinary research projects. 
  • Recognised managerial leadership skills, including an ability to supervise staff and students, work collaboratively with team members, other team leaders and line management.  
  • The ability and willingness to contribute ideas and new approaches to meet experimental needs.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Research productivity, including successful grant applications and/or industry engagement, publications and research presentations.

To see the full list of criteria for success 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


Sunday 17 April, 2022 (11pm AEST)

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:#7096217 (Ref:cj_82442)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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