First listed on: 04 May 2019

Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) Technician - Research Projects Officer 

The Opportunity

  • Support research activities for the Australian National Insect Collection team.
  • Carry out field work and specimen data entry. 
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

The Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) is the largest collection of Australian insects and related invertebrates in the world, with over 12 million specimens. The collection is an important component of CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia (NRCA), and critical to the future of insect biodiversity research in Australia.  The collection has a staff of 30 including Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Fellows, PhD Students and technical officers who manage and improve the collection and conduct research in Australian insect taxonomy, systematics and related fields. Two Department of Agriculture and Water Resources staff are embedded in the collection and provide critical identifications and advice for biosecurity, in collaboration with ANIC research scientists. 

The role of Research Projects staff in CSIRO is to collaborate in scientific activities with other research staff usually by assisting with detailed planning, undertaking or assisting with experimental and observational work, and in carrying out the more practical aspects of the work. This is one of several Technical Assistant positions in ANIC working under the guidance of ANIC Director and ANIC Collection Manager.

Your duties will include

  • General curatorial duties in the Diptera section of ANIC, including: 
    • Sorting, identifying, mounting and labelling specimens (dry, wet and slide-mounted),
    • Keeping the collection updated according to the most recent literature and classification; 
    • Organising and packing out-going loans and managing loan returns,
    • Carrying out fieldwork and specimen data entry 
    • Imaging of specimens using various techniques and equipment, 
  • Under the guidance of the ANIC Collection Manager, help implement HSE requirements in the collection areas.
  • Support research activities developed by the Research Scientist.

Location:       Black Mountain, ACT 
Tenure:          Indefinite
Salary:           AU$63K – AU$80K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61578

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or work experience in Natural History collections curation.
  • Sound knowledge and ability to handle insect collection specimens.
  • Proven knowledge or experience of invertebrate taxonomy and nomenclature.
  • The ability and willingness to carry out curatorial tasks requiring accuracy and close attention to detail, under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out fieldwork.
  • Sound computer skills including experience using database software.
  • The ability to show initiative and work effectively in a team, positively contributing to the team environment.
  • The ability and willingness to contribute to improved solutions in work situations, trying creative ways to deal with routine problems and opportunities.

For more information please view the 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. 

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Applications Close

Sunday, 2nd June, 2019


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