First listed on: 31 May 2019

Research Scientist - Finfish Aquaculture Biologist

The Opportunity

  • Work in a high quality research environment on applied aquaculture breeding research
  • Contribute to the improvement of aquatic animal production systems and their sustainability
  • Join CSIRO’s internationally recognised Agriculture & Food Business Unit

CSIRO Agriculture and Food through its Aquaculture Program aims to boost the value, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s approximately AUD$1 billion aquaculture industry. We work directly with industry in Australia and overseas, focussing on farmed finfish, crustaceans and molluscs. The Program has staff working across sites in Hobart, Brisbane and Bribie Island, where our aquaculture research facility is located, and three research groups; Applied Breeding, Nutrition and Health and Production. A core focus of CSIRO’s aquaculture production system research is profitable land based aquaculture.

This role will apply specialist knowledge in finfish propagation, hatchery operations and nursery and growout systems to contribute to and, in time, initiate and lead client focussed research activities which aim to develop a more sustainable finfish aquaculture industry for Australia. This will be done within national and international settings and will integrate with complimentary work in breeding programs, aquatic animal health, aquaculture nutrition, environmental management and socio-economics.

Your duties will include

  • Contribute to complex projects, providing scientific input to multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites to develop new finfish aquaculture industry.
  • Develop and lead research experiments in finfish aquaculture with strong focus on hatchery technologies and production.
  • Undertake experimental and/or observational research activities, often requiring the supervision and/or training of others to ensure experiments are established and executed in accordance with research design, or as required.
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience, recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines.
  • Maintain a reputation for excellent research contribution across the science community via the production of various media, including high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for client satisfaction.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: $98K to $106K plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 61432

To be successful you will need:

Essential Criteria:  

  • A PhD in aquaculture or relevant areas
  • Demonstrated research/commercial experience in finfish propagation: for example hatchery design and management, broodstock maturation, spawning, larval rearing, start feeding, live feed production, weaning and fingerling production.
  • Proven ability to develop research plans and manage experiments as appropriate to tank and pond-based research.
  • Proven experience with experimental design and management of data sets and statistical analytics.
  • A record of scientific publications in quality, peer reviewed journals and/or industry research reports.
  • Ability and willingness to travel interstate and overseas for field work, collaboration and meetings with clients.
  • Driving license or ability to obtain one.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Familiarity with aquaculture breeding programs, finfish nutrition and health, environmental management and farming system economics.
  • Experience with fish disease diagnostic processed and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of aquaculture production systems and water quality processes.
  • Ability to train other staff, and an interest to develop into leadership roles within the program

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 that outlines how your experience meets the selection criteria for this position.

Applications Close

Friday 28th June, 2019

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date

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