First listed on: 16 January 2020

Diagnostic Scientist - Virologist

The Opportunity
  • Work within BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories to perform diagnostic virology testing.
  • Provide diagnostic training in overseas laboratories.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

The Position
As the Diagnostic Scientist, you will work in high biocontainment (BSL3) laboratories and contribute to the delivery of outputs across a range of quality assured laboratory diagnostic services. This will primarily involve performing routine diagnostic testing, approved research project activities, training and other associated laboratory housekeeping activities. 

You will provide diagnostic training in overseas laboratories as required to meet the project objectives of AAHL’s international animal health reference laboratory responsibilities. Overseas work will only be undertaken once the required competency standards are met and may involve multiple trips of 1-2 weeks duration, potentially up to 4 weeks, in primarily Asia/Pacific countries.

This will enable the successful appointee to become multi-skilled in a range of scientific specialties and be well equipped to respond to urgent changes in diagnostic requirements during disease outbreaks.

This position may require travel up to 4 weeks at a time in Asia, potentially multiple times in any given year.

Your duties will include:
  • Work within BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories to perform diagnostic virology testing under NATA/ISO 17025 accreditation for routine and emergency disease investigation.
  • Work as part of an afterhours on-call roster for the Virology team.  
  • Work in overseas laboratories and host visiting scientists and collaborators from overseas institutions to develop and provide structured training in diagnostic test development.
  • Contribute to QA requirements, including reporting and authorising tests, maintaining up-to-date and accurate test records.

Location: Geelong, Vic
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Salary: AU$83k – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference: 64795

To be considered you will need:

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

  • Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent relevant experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. 
  • High level experience in conducting and coordinating laboratory-based viral diagnostic tests with ability to train others at both the AAHL and overseas laboratories.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership for research projects, including independently planning, scheduling, executing and completing the required research activities, to deliver the completed project objectives to clients’ expectations. 
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, and business unit to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO's scientific objectives.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to maintain effective and respectful relationships with internal and external stakeholders from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Willingness and ability to travel overseas for periods up to 4 weeks to deliver project work and to provide structured training for overseas collaborators.

For more information please view the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirments of this role.

Applications Close

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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