First listed on: 09 January 2019

Research Scientist - Foot & Mouth Disease Ready Project

The Opportunity

  • Assist Australia in preparedness for  Foot and Mouth Disease incursions
  • Build research capacity in this economically important disease
  • Join our team at CSIRO – Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

The Position

The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) has an exciting new position for an experienced Research Scientist to join a project team working on foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus.

AAHL seeks to appoint a qualified research scientist with demonstrated experience in virology, immunology and molecular biology to assist in the management and execution of the FMD Ready Project. The primary focus will be to participate in the project activities, manage the offshore activities and provide leadership to staff and students.

The project work will be executed mostly offshore as it is not possible to import live FMD virus into Australia. The candidate must therefore be willing to spend long periods abroad working in countries where there are collaborative agreements.

Your duties will include

  • Participating and assisting with the management and execution of the FMD Ready Project.
  • Developing innovative concepts, theories, tools and techniques to feed into the project design.
  • Actively participating in the offshore activities and managing projects in other countries.
  • Developing, performing and analysing laboratory assays feeding into the project.
  • Working co-operatively with partner organisations, adhering to their cultural requirements. 

Location:  AAHL (Geelong) VIC, Australia
Salary: AU$97k- AU$105k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Reference:  59639

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as Virology, Immunology or Biotechnology.
  • A valid passport, and be willing and able to work in offshore locations for extended periods of time.
  • To be able to meet appropriate security assessments and microbiological security requirements, as outllined in the position description.
  • Research achievement in the field of classical virology, with a strong molecular and immunological background.
  • Experience in the execution and management of animal trials, especially large animals.
  • Experience in project planning and the delivery of projects to agreed research objectives and work programs, on time, within budget and to the clients’ satisfaction.

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

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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 

7th February 2019

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