First listed on: 24 September 2020

Laboratory Diagnostic Technician - Microbiology 

The Opportunity
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  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research Organisation

The Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Program at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) provides diagnostic and research capability required to investigate and respond to newly emerging diseases affecting livestock and other animals. We seek to appoint a skilled Laboratory Diagnostic Scientist to the Bacteriology team within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Program. The role will encompass several aspects of diagnostic microbiology, with the primary focus of assisting with diagnostic testing in the bacteriology team.

The successful candidate will work in microbiologically secure laboratories and be responsible for delivery of outputs across a range of quality assured laboratory diagnostic services. In particular, the work will involve testing clinical samples for disease exclusion and health certification, testing for sterility and freedom from contamination of biological materials intended for veterinary use, as well as associated laboratory housekeeping activities.

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP’s microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

Your duties will include:
  • Working in a microbiologically secure laboratory as part of a multi-disciplinary team with responsibilities and outputs supporting and delivering quality assured diagnostic testing services (ISO 17025) for a broad range of bacterial and fungal pathogens, as well as the exclusion of emergency animal diseases, routine surveillance and biological samples testing.
  • Providing general laboratory support for house-keeping and maintenance activities.
  • Contributing to quality assurance requirements, including reporting tests, maintaining up-to-date and accurate test records, and proficiency testing.
  • Communicating effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Assisting the Bacteriology Team Leader, Innocuity Technical Manager and Veterinary Investigation Team by providing oral and written advice upon request.
  • Completing assigned tasks in a timely and professional manner while maintaining an awareness of team diagnostic priorities and the flexibility to assist team workflow.
  • As required, working independently or collaboratively with colleagues on assigned activities, including experimental design, implementation and timely completion of work.
  • Contributing to the effective functioning of the Bacteriology team and other diagnostic teams in the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Program to meet Annual Performance Goals and other objectives as advised by line management.

Location: Geelong, VIC
Salary: AU$63k - AU$80k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 12 months
Reference: 69468

To be considered you will need:
  • A Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated record of technical competence and achievement in laboratory diagnostic testing requiring skills in microbiology, preferably in animal health.
  • An ability to plan and schedule laboratory workflow and address underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems in a timely and technically sound manner.
  • Previous experience working both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team, and to form and maintain effective and respectful relationships with a range of colleagues and collaborators.
  • High level interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills including the ability to document results and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients in order to meet project goals and timelines.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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 requirements of this role.

Applications Close

7th October 2020, 11:00pm AEDT

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