Senior Research Scientist - Infectious diseases

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7243297 (Ref:cj_96640)

Posted: May 10, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Bring your technical expertise in infectious diseases (high risk pathogens) with focus on immunology or multi-omics to work
  • Work within a supportive, rewarding and collaborative team environment
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation


Many of CSIRO's innovations were once considered impossible. Fast WiFi, Aerogard insect repellent and the plastic Australian banknote, to name a few. Until someone, just like you, joined us and took on the challenge. We’re recruiting inventors, innovators and change makers. Join Team CSIRO and help make the impossible possible. CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity research programs focus on health and biosecurity preparedness and responsiveness, digital health, and health and wellbeing. The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) helps protect Australia’s multi-billion-dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Dangerous Pathogens team within the Health & Biosecurity (H&B) business unit, based at the ACDP contributing to our research on the high consequence pathogens (including but not limited to Nipah, Ebola or Influenza) and work in the high containment facility managing research projects and contracts in a collaborative environment with a focus on immunology, multi-omics, vaccines/therapeutics and pathogenesis models development.


If you’re experience senior research professional with expertise in virology with focus in infectious diseases and knowledge of other disciplines and independently managed research milestone and demonstrated achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program along with a dynamic team, then do not hesitate to apply! CSIRO will offer you a very supporting workplace culture and provide professional support as we are strongly committed to diversity and supporting flexible working arrangements. 


The appointee must be able to meet ACDP Security Assessment and Microbiological Security Requirements for personnel working on the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) site.

Your duties will include:

  • Develop research projects in alignment with the strategic priorities for the program and the business unit.
  • Provide strategic inputs to the research direction and conducting high quality science.
  • Develop and deliver on collaborative research programs in emerging infectious disease area for customers, including vaccines and therapeutics. 
  • Build and maintain alliances and networks that help maintain and grow the business, including representing the team in partnerships, conferences, networking, promotions, etc.
  • Maintain awareness of advances to scientific knowledge and technology and be receptive to original and innovative concepts of others and willing to integrate these into their programs. 
  • Delivery of high-quality animal or non-animal research studies for evaluation of human and zoonotic pathogens under BSL3 & 4 containment.
  • Lead and supervise staff to ensure experiments are established in accordance with the research design and are completed within the agreed timeframes and budget.
  • Act as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of the clients’ business and understanding of their underlying needs. 


Location: Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), VIC

Salary: AU$126k - AU$148k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years / Full time

Reference: 96640

To be considered you will need:


  • A PhD in a relevant field such as infectious diseases, virology, immunology.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Significant understanding and prior experience working in infectious diseases area (high risk pathogens) with focus on immunology or multi-omics.
  • The ability to work effectively as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary research team, and foster an environment in which there is a high level of co-operation within and between teams. 



  • Relevant experience in working in BSL3/4 containment
  • Relevant experience and awareness in preclinical studies for vaccines and therapeutics.


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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents. 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. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications close

9 June 2024, 11:00pm AEST.

We strongly encourage you to apply early as we will be reviewing applications as they come through. CSIRO reserves the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date if required.

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:#7243297 (Ref:cj_96640)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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