First listed on: 23 July 2021

Research Scientist - Aquatic Animal Health


The Opportunity

  • Do you have experience in animal health research?
  • Has your research had significant 'real world' impact?
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier research organisation

We are seeking a Research Scientist to join the Aquatic Animal Health team in CSIRO’s Livestock and Aquaculture Program, which sits within our Agriculture and Food business unit.
In this role, you will focus on the diagnosis, characterisation and mitigation of diseases in Aquaculture, and you will be part of a multidisciplinary team that works closely with industry, government and academic partners to provide targeted and nationally relevant R&D.

The role will see you working in a team across a range of aquaculture species including finfish, crustaceans and shellfish, our aim being to reduce the impact of disease through multidisciplinary approaches.  You will apply domain specific knowledge in aquatic animal health, namely immunology, microbiology (including bacteriology, virology and parasitology) and genetics to deliver creative and innovative research for improved health and welfare of aquaculture species. This will be done within national and international settings and will integrate with complimentary work in physiology, aquaculture nutrition, environmental management and socio-economics.

Your duties will include:

  • Leading and contributing to various existing aquatic animal health projects and develop a pipeline of innovative and creative new research projects aligned to the Research Program’s objectives.
  • Garnering support for research projects from industry and government bodies.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders to build an effective network for collaboration, develop and progress challenging but realistic research plans, and identify pathways to help deliver science impact. 
  • Leading and managing complex projects, providing scientific direction and leadership to multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites, ensuring project delivery on time and to budget. 

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$100k - AU$108k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 75327

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD in animal health research and/or equivalent relevant experience, and demonstrated record of innovative and impactful scientific outcomes in this field.
  • A record of achievement applying multidisciplinary research approaches – such as immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics – to solve complex challenges in animal health.
  • Knowledge or experience working with genome engineering tools such as CRISPR/cas9 and/or RNAi within in vitro or in vivo systems.  
  • A record of scientific creativity and innovation with an ability to create a science vision by articulating clear goals and inspiring others to achieve those goals.
  • The ability to lead, and/or contribute to, large complex projects and provide scientific direction and leadership to multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites and agencies.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with success in negotiating capability and resource requirements to support the delivery of complex projects on time and within budget.
  • A significant record of quality publications as primary author in high impact, peer reviewed journals.

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


To be eligible for this role, you must currently be residing in Australia as an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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

19th August, 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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