Team Leader - Aquatic Research Capability - CSIRO - GreenCareer

First listed on: 28 January 2020

Team Leader - Aquatic Research Capability 

The Opportunity
  • Lead experimental research activities for CSIRO’s Australian Animal health Laboratory.
  • Work with world class researchers to solve the world’s biggest challenges
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position
The CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) seek a Team Leader - Research Scientist to be responsible for project management of specific Research and Development (R&D) and diagnostic testing activities, within the AAHL Fish Diseases Laboratory (AFDL). You will be based at CSIRO AAHL in Geelong where the laboratory has a national and regional role in the diagnosis and research of exotic, emerging and zoonotic diseases of animals.

The role of a Research Scientist in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO’s strategies. You may be engaged in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry problems. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain networks, play a lead role in securing project funds, provide scientific leadership and pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. In this role, you will be capable of adapting readily to the changing needs of an R&D team responsible for undertaking R&D and diagnostic testing for government and industry stakeholders.

You must be able to meet AAHL’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance requirements.

Your duties will include:
  • Leading experimental research activities, requiring the supervision and/or training of others, and ensure aquatic animal research and diagnostic capabilities are maintained and enhanced
  • Developing Aquatic Research Capability Team work planning objectives that are aligned with the AFDL group and broader program performance goals and related KPIs for service provision and R&D activities.
  • Meeting individual and team outputs defined in annual performance agreements, and other objectives as advised by line management
  • Leading, planning and coordinating AFDL research activities aimed at the identification and characterisation of infectious pathogens of aquatic animals.

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Salary:  AU$113k – AU$132k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 65069

To be considered you will need:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A PhD in virology, molecular biology or biotechnology, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated theoretical and practical expertise in a wide range of classical and modern technologies applicable to the study of infectious diseases and their causative agents.
  • Demonstrated scientific knowledge, experience and achievement managing multidisciplinary research projects. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a project team, deliver on milestones and to network with scientific colleagues. 
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to contribute ideas and new approaches to meet experimental needs where methods are not defined.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the critical elements of a laboratory Quality Assurance system.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

For more information please view the Position Description. 


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain AAHL’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance.

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

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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 requirments of this role.

Applications Close

Thursday, 27th February 2020 at 11:59PM AEST