Molecular Diagnostic Technician

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7096458 (Ref:cj_82652)

Posted: March 25, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country


CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity


  • Help strengthen front-line Emergency Animal Disease diagnostic capability
  • Undertake vital work to ensure rapid responses during disease outbreaks
  • Join our motivated team at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness and really make a difference!


CSIRO’s Diagnostic Molecular team forms part of the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Program at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP).  This program provides diagnostic and research capability for the investigation of emergency diseases affecting livestock and other animals.

As a Molecular Diagnostics Technician at the ACDP, you will work within the microbiologically secure Molecular Diagnostics (PCR) laboratory and perform day-to-day routine molecular diagnostic assays under NATA/ISO 17025 accreditation.  You will contribute to the development/re-development and validation of PCR based molecular diagnostic assays and ensure laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are kept up-to-date.  As part of this key role, you will undertake ‘on-call’ or after-hours diagnostic duties (as required) and contribute to research projects and other DSR program activities.  You will also provide additional assistance to other diagnostic teams within the program which will enable multi-skilling in a range of scientific specialties. 

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP’s microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

In this role you will:


  • Work within BSL3 laboratories to perform day-to-day routine molecular diagnostic PCR assays and ‘on-call’ duties under ISO 17025 accreditation.
  • Perform development/re-development and validation of PCR based molecular diagnostic assays.
  • Cross-train and participate in a range of research and technical activities.
  • Contribute to laboratory quality assurance. 
  • Work independently or collaboratively with colleagues on assigned research and development activities.
  • Respond to client requests, maintaining clear communication regarding mutual expectations.


Location:      Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), Victoria
Salary:           AU$66k - AU$84k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:          Specified term ending 24 December, 2023
Reference:    82652

To be considered you will need:


  • A Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent relevant experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. 
  • Experience conducting and coordinating laboratory-based diagnostic tests under a quality management system ISO17025 in a PC3 laboratory.
  • Knowledge and technical skills in relation to diagnostic conventional and real-time PCR.
  • Experience in high-throughput sample processing including automated nucleotide extraction platforms and workflows for molecular testing. 
  • High-level interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team. 
  • Experience with LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).

To see the full list of criteria for 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


Wednesday 30 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:#7096458 (Ref:cj_82652)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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