First listed on: 28 November 2018

Research Technician in Genomics and Epigenomics

The Position

  • Use Your Skills to Develop Novel Genomic and Epigenomic Technology!
  • Work With Ancient and Irreplaceable Museum Specimens
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research

This role suits a creative biomedical researcher with the ability to apply and adapt molecular techniques in new and exciting contexts. This role provides the opportunity to expand your repertoire of genomic and epigenomic methods. The successful applicant will support the delivery of novel evolutionary and environmental science outcomes for the management of Australia’s biodiversity. This role is embedded in a team working on some of Australia’s most valuable historical specimens housed within CSIRO’s National Research Collections. The project aims to discover long-term gene-environment interactions using our historical collections and characterise changes in gene regulation within the Australian biota. 

Your duties will include

  • Conducting genomic analysis on a range of organisms, with a specific focus on formalin preserved tissues and other low quality specimens (taxa may include terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, plants and insects)
  • Adapting and developing original experimental methods in support of existing and future research
  • Contributing to the maintenance of collection databases and management of associated data
  • Undertaking the initial data analysis and working collaboratively with bioinformatics experts to develop novel analysis pipelines
  • Preparing draft reports and scientific papers.

Location: Crace, ACT
Salary: AU$82k - AU$93k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 12 months
Reference: 59416 

To be successful you will need 

  • Highly developed molecular optimisation skills
  • Strong creative problem solving skills and the ability to draw novel solutions from unrelated or unexpected fields
  • Extensive technical skills in molecular biology, including demonstrated experience with DNA and/or RNA extraction, chromatin isolation, and library preparation methods for whole genome sequencing
  • The ability to work with challenging or poor quality specimens (e.g. formalin preserved/ historical/ trace quantity/ ancient samples).


For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description


A relevant Bachelors/Masters/PhD degree in Genomics or Epigenomics

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

22:59 AEDT 6 January 2019

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