First listed on: 11 June 2017

Aquatic Molecular Research Projects Officer

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of molecular protocols for genetic analyses
  • Work with internationally recognised scientists in world class facilities
  • Join our Team at CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

We are looking for a highly motivated and suitably qualified Aquatic Molecular Research Projects Officer.

This role involves designing and performing DNA extractions on formalin preserved fish tissue, living micro-algae cultures (including cyanobacteria) and water filters. This research will contribute directly to two new projects in the Environomics FSP, i.e. eDNA for characterising teleosts in the marine environment and for high-throughput molecular characterisation of aquatic samples.
 The candidate will contribute to the design and implementation of molecular protocols for genetic analyses including next generation sequencing and metabarcoding of formalin preserved fish, micro-algae and marine water samples within the framework of existing protocols established in the Australian National Fish Collection (ANFC) and the Australian National Algae Culture Collection (ANACC) in Hobart. ANACC and ANFC are two of the six biological collections hosted by CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia (NRCA).
 The candidate will contribute to the activities of two multidisciplinary research teams and will need to have a collaborative approach, delivering results in a timely and orderly fashion. Communicating effectively and respectfully with all staff (including those from ANFC and ANACC) in the interest of good collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation is expected with the candidate working alongside researchers in a range of teams including those within a molecular genetics laboratory.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: $59K - $75K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 2 years
Reference: 41408

To be successful you will need:

  • A relevant Bachelor Applied Science (Hons) Degree and or equivalent research experience in molecular genetics in fish and or plants/algae.
  • Knowledge and experience in standard techniques used in a molecular genetics laboratory including nucleic acid extractions and amplification, visualisation of results and maintaining a complete record of all laboratory work.
  • Experience with and ability to optimise end-point and quantitative PCR.
  • Molecular biology and or genetic knowledge of either teleosts or micro-algae.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail to ensure sample and data quality and accuracy, combined with an understanding and use of spreadsheets and databases.
  • Demonstrated skills in multi-tasking for activities that have competing timelines.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within the work teams, the business unit, the genetics and algae biosecurity laboratories and across CSIRO to fulfil research objectives.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Environomics FSP Future Science Platform     
Fidn out more!

The Australian National Fish Collection and the Australia National Algae Culture Collection are two of CSIRO’s National Research Collections
( which provide a vast storehouse of information about Australia’s fish and micro-algae biodiversity and play a significant part in taxonomic, genetic and ecological research of these taxa.

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only containing your CV/Resume, cover letter and statement addressing the selection criteria, ensuring that you have provided enough information to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 16 July 2017

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