First listed on: 20 July 2021

Botanical Extracts Analyst


The Opportunity

  • Identify, detect, and quantify organic compounds
  • Use your knowledge of HPLC, GC, LCMS and GCMS to analyse plant material
  • Work with leading international researchers in a flexible work environment

CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit brings together multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities using world-class infrastructure to partner with industry in order to develop innovative products and processes to allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable. The Biomedical Manufacturing Research Program works with biomedical companies to deliver new medical treatments and technologies that benefit millions of people in Australia and overseas, helping them live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

As a Botanical Extracts Analyst, you will apply analytical chemistry knowledge to solve problems relating to the identification, detection and rigorous quantification of organic compounds in plant material, plant-derived mixtures and other biological matrices. 

You will contribute to chemistry projects focussed on new technologies important in the development of commercial botanical products including those derived from medicinal cannabis. 

Your duties will include:

  • Plan, propose and perform chemical analyses.  
  • Qualitatively and quantitatively analyse plant material, plant-derived mixtures and other biological materials using chromatographic techniques, such as HPLC, GC, LCMS and GCMS.  
  • Use scientific literature, mass spectroscopy and other relevant techniques, to identify organic compounds in complex plant extracts.  
  • Accurately record experimental procedures and data in laboratory notebooks in a timely fashion. 
  • Under technical direction undertake experiments, laboratory analyses or technology development activities using a range of techniques, often working on a number of parallel and competing tasks.  
  • Enthusiastically follow existing CSIRO Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relating to the handling of Schedule 4 and Schedule 9 poisons, contribute to their revision and the drafting of new SOPs.  
  • Contribute to the smooth operation of a secure facility in which Schedule 4 and Schedule 9 poisons are stored and used in experiments.  

Location: Clayton, Melbourne
Salary: AU$64k – AU$82k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 75636

To be considered you will need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Science or equivalent, majoring in chemistry or having relevant work experience in chemistry.  
  • Demonstrated ability in the techniques of analytical chemistry and a sound theoretical knowledge of analytical chemistry. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the detection and quantitation of chemicals in plant materials, plant-derived mixtures, biological materials, and synthetic mixtures. 
  • Proven practical experience in chromatographic analytical techniques, such as HPLC, GC, LCMS and GCMS. 
  • Practical experience in the development and execution of fully validated analytical protocols. 
  • Demonstrated skills in accurate and thorough record keeping. 
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, and to carry out tasks under general direction from scientific researchers. 
  • Proven ability to investigate routine problems by identifying and considering the implications of a range of available alternative solutions.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

22 August 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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