First listed on: 24 June 2022

Aquaculture Breeding Scientist


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The Opportunity

  • Bring your expertise in applied selective breeding to a multi-faceted role
  • Develop & deliver commercial aquaculture breeding programs & research projects
  • Join CSIRO and support the sustainability of Australia’s aquaculture industry!

CSIRO Agriculture & Food business unit aims to boost the value, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s aquaculture industry. We are currently seeking an experienced Research Scientist to join our CSIRO Aquaculture Applied Breeding Team, and support a range of commercial breeding programs and research projects.

As the Aquaculture Breeding Scientist, you will apply your experience and knowledge to contribute to a broad range of research activities related to increasing access to genetically improved breeds for aquaculture and maximising their potential impact for target industries or clients. You will be actively involved in the design, implementation and management of research activities relevant to the effective development and enhancement of selective breeding programs, which will include collaborating with industry and government agencies.

If you have an interest in using advanced genetic technologies and innovative breeding techniques to improve the sustainability and productivity of aquaculture industries, this would be an excellent career opportunity for you!

Please note that applications are invited across two capability levels and the successful candidate will be assessed and appointed at the level commensurate with their skills and experience. More detail around the difference between the two levels is outlined in the Position Description.

Your duties will include:

  • Using research and/or industry experience to formulate, develop and implement applied breeding activities.
  • Working in a research project environment characterised by milestone driven delivery to commercial clients.
  • Analysing large genotype, phenotype and pedigree datasets in the delivery of applied breeding outcomes.
  • Working with project teams to ensure delivery of applied breeding research program outcomes in accordance with agreed timeframes and budget.
  • Acting as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of aquaculture client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.
  • Communicating research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, including peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • At the higher capability level, your duties will also include providing project leadership, analysing industry needs through client liaison, measuring the impact of applied breeding outcomes, and actively participating in leadership pathways.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$102K – AU$138K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 85645

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and relevant research experience, in population, statistical or quantitative genetics, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of applied selective breeding, including the proven ability to engage industry and prospective clients interested in the design, implementation and continual improvement of selective breeding programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary and regionally dispersed teams.
  • A proven track record working effectively in, or with, commercial aquaculture enterprises.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • To be considered for the higher capability level, you will also need demonstrated complex project leadership & resource management skills, as well as proven experience in securing external funding for R&D activities.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an:

  • Australian/New Zealand Citizen;
  • Australian Permanent Resident; or
  • Australian Temporary Resident, with an existing valid visa and full work rights to cover the duration of the specified term (at least until September 2025), without the requirement of visa sponsorship from CSIRO.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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

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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

10 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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