First listed on: 23 November 2018

International Program Manager - Animal Health

  • Do you enjoy international travel?
  • Liaise with our Asia/Pacific partners to enhance Australia's pre-boarder biosecurity.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier scientific research organisation.

CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) has an exciting opportunity for veterinarian or virologist with experience in international animal health, to participate in the delivery of AAHL's commitments in the Asia Pacific Region within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response (DSR) Program.

AAHL's international program has engagement across multiple organisations including government, non-government and specialised agencies across Asia-Pacific. Our aim is to strengthen laboratory capacity, improve quality of laboratory diagnostic services, and laboratory biosafety and biosecurity.   The work undertaken is fundamental for the improvement of capability and capacity in the region for prevention, control and eradication of highly pathogenic emerging diseases and zoonotic diseases that pose a significant threat to animal and public health.  The programme provides diagnostic expertise and training to animal health laboratories in Asia-Pacific region, enhancing the region’s capacity for disease diagnosis and emergency outbreak response and building ongoing technical partnerships, all within a framework of Australian standards of biosafety and biosecurity.

As the successful candidate, you will work with the Group Leader - AAHL International Program as a member of the DSR team and will work in-country in Asia/Pacific for approximately 100 days per year (multiple trips).  You will liaise with partner agencies and other submitters to enhance Australia’s pre-boarder biosecurity by building diagnostic capacity in regional laboratories. You will also build relationships with FAO, OIE and other international agencies, as well as facilitate opportunities for use of AAHL harmonised laboratory tests internationally. The person will provide technical leadership for OIE and DFAT laboratory capacity building projects, and will also assist in delivering on the proposed ACIAR supported projects such as Point of Care (POC) Diagnostics for Animal Disease Surveillance in SE Asia.

A requirement of this role is to be able to meet Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

More specifically you will:

  • Manage a number of funded projects ensuring their scientific deliverables according to contracted budgets and timelines.
  • Provide technical leadership and contribute to specific diagnostic training for various projects:  including the OIE and DFAT supported laboratory capacity building projects; and the ACIAR ‘Point of Care’ test project.
  • Identify new international project opportunities through the liaison with international animal health agencies and participate in the negotiation and initiation of activities with external donors.
  • Foster the relationship with FAO and OIE, continuing to secure invitations to regional and international meetings and to secure new contracts for international capacity building activities addressing transboundary animal diseases.
  • Support AAHL’s designations as an international reference centre for current and emerging animal diseases of international significance
  • Undertake OIE requested missions where requested.

Location:       Geelong, Vic
Tenure:          Indefinite
Salary:           $111K - $130K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    59539


  • Adhere to CSIRO AAHL microbiological security requirements, other Australian Security requirements applicable to the position and HSE policies.
  • Be vaccinated against influenza, rabies, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis or other agents as specified if required for the role performed.

To be successful you will need

  • Bachelor degree and/or relevant experience in Veterinary Sciences registerable in Australia or Virology post graduate qualifications with experience in international animal health.
  • A willingness to travel frequently both within Australia and overseas
  • Demonstrated high level of scientific knowledge and experience in transboundary and/or zoonotic animal diseases
  • Ability to identify new project opportunities, to manage projects to ensure milestones are met and to network with scientific and industry colleagues across a range of disciplines.
  • Excellent collaborative skills to form important relationships with collaborators and customers as well as work internally with AAHL laboratory and veterinary staff
  • Demonstrated record of client focus in the delivery of services

For more information please view the Position Description

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future.  We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close: 16 December 2018

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