First listed on: 14 June 2019

Research Projects Officer in Genome Engineering 

The Opportunity
  • Do you have demonstrated ability with cell culture and micromanipulation?
  • Do you have experience in molecular biology techniques?
  • Join CSIRO Health and Biosecurity and make a difference!


The Position
As a Research Projects Officer, you will be part of the Genome Engineering team which is a multidisciplinary team that works in poultry and aquaculture species.  You will be expected to work within a team to produce gene engineered poultry including the micromanipulation of chicken embryos. While working in the genome engineering team you will carry out work to support our external customers while also supporting the internal research opportunities.
As part of the selection process, CSIRO may carry a skills-based assessment in the lab to ensure your suitability for the task.
In this role you will be expected to work in accordance with the guidelines and security assessment requirements of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) as stated in the Special requirements.

Your duties will include

•    Under technical direction, design and prepare the reagents required for gene editing.
•    Preform micromanipulation of chicken embryos
•    Grow and maintain various cell lines.
•    Perform analysis and report back to project leader on outcomes of experiments.

Location:       Geelong, VIC
Salary:           AU$ 63,594 – AU$ 80,937 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    62103

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
1.    Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience in biological science.
2.    Demonstrated experience with molecular biology techniques.
3.    Demonstrated experience with cell culture.
4.    Experience or willingness/ ability to perform micromanipulation. (Please note that this technique requires a steady hand and is a repetitive task preformed while using a microscope)
5.    An understanding of genome engineering techniques and applications.
6.    A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment including the ability to work effectively as part of a team, and carry out tasks under general direction from Scientific Researchers.


Desirable Criteria:
1.    Demonstrated experience with gene editing techniques.
2.    Research experience with chicken embryos or other livestock species.
3.    Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse and multidisciplinary team. 
4.    Demonstrated experience with transfection of cell lines. 


Special Requirements:
To be eligible for this position you must be willing and able to:
•    Adhere to CSIRO AAHL microbiological security requirements, other Australian Security requirements applicable to the position and HSE policies.
•    Be vaccinated against influenza, hepatitis B, rabies or other agents as specified if required for the role performed.
•    Be willing to undertake National Health Security Check

As the appointment may require work to be undertaken at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) candidates should be aware of and able and willing to comply with the Security Assessment and Microbiological Security Requirements for Personnel Working on the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) Site specified in detail in the Position Description attached.

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

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity
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- D&I Strategy

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

Applications Close

Sunday 30 June, 2019 (11:59pm AEST)

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