Research Technician - Aquatic Disease Research

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7096871 (Ref:cj_83122)

Posted: April 4, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country


CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the areas 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


  • Unique role contributing to both research and diagnostic capability
  • Undertake activities to enhance knowledge of aquatic animal health 
  • Collaborate across teams and make a real impact at ACDP 


As a Research Technician – Aquatic Disease Research at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, you will work in the ACDP Fish Diseases Laboratory (AFDL) within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response (DSR) program.  The DSR Program provides diagnostic and research capability to investigate and respond to newly emerging diseases affecting livestock and other animals.  


The AFDL undertakes research and diagnostic (R&D) activities and provides expert advice to CSIRO and state, national and international stakeholders. In this key role, you will undertake molecular diagnostic testing, molecular test capability development, data analysis and report writing.  You will also be involved in planning and setting-up aquatic in vivo studies, caring for aquatic species and will contribute to a diverse range of research projects. 


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

Your duties will include:


  • Work within BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories to perform in vitro and in vivo diagnostic and research activities.
  • Participate in planning AFDL projects, including scheduling and completion of major parts of AFDL research and diagnostic activities. 
  • Maintain current knowledge of aquatic animal diseases of major concern and current and emerging diagnostic technologies.
  • Make significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research and diagnostic test results. 
  • Help ensure that the laboratory’s quality assurance system is maintained.

Location:      Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), Victoria
Salary:          AU$87K to AU$98K per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified Term ending 30 June, 2023 (Full-time)
Reference:    83122

To be considered you will need:


  • A Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent relevant experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. 
  • Practical expertise and experience in a wide range of relevant techniques.
  • Scientific knowledge, experience and achievement in animal disease diagnosis and diagnostic test development and validation, including molecular tests.
  • The ability and willingness to contribute ideas and new approaches to meet experimental needs where methods are not defined.
  • The ability to work both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team
  • Well-developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • A proven history of contributing novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.


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


Tuesday 19 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:#7096871 (Ref:cj_83122)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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