Research Scientist, Plant Pathologist/Epidemiologist

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7100453 (Ref:cj_84002)

Posted: May 20, 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

  • Are you an experienced Research Scientist with expertise in plant pathology and epidemiology?
  • Unique opportunity to join an established research team exploring innovative solutions to deliver sustainable disease control
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier scientific research organisation


The role of Research Scientist in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership, and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts.


We are seeking a highly motivated plant pathologist to join our dynamic Plant-Microbe Interactions team. Active areas of research in the team include delivering sustainable integrated disease management strategies to the Australian grains industry, managing disease risk in climate-adaptive farming systems, identifying and phenotyping host genetic resistance using novel approaches including image analysis, establishing the economic value of host genetic resistance, supporting the development of decision support tools, and exploring microbiome function to improve plant health.  



Your duties will include:

  • Using and contributing to the development of plant-disease models that investigate the influence of different management strategies on disease epidemiology. 
  • Helping lead the initiation, design and execution of laboratory, glasshouse, and field experiments. 
  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals; carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity, and innovation. 
  • Assisting with identifying new scientific opportunities and leading small research projects, including the negotiation of resource requirements.
  • Presenting experimental and modelling results and their implications in speaking forums, reports, and scientific publications.  
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, and business unit to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives
  • Other duties as directed.


Location:  Canberra, ACT
Salary:  AU$102,724-$111,165 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of up to 3 years 
Reference:  84002

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as plant pathology, epidemiology, or ecology. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in plant disease epidemiology and/or pathology including experience in data science, biostatistics, and modelling. 
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to fundamental questions in biology.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in scientific writing and communication.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake overnight travel for meetings and remote field work.
  • Current drivers’ licence.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible offshore 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

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 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

Thursday 23rd June 2022, 11:00pm AEST.

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:#7100453 (Ref:cj_84002)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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