First listed on: 24 August 2022

Research Scientist Metagenomics


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The Opportunity

  • Are you a Research Scientist with expertise in Metagenomic Bioprospecting?
  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!

CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia.

One of the Environmics FSP, is using genomics and other ‘omics technologies to revolutionise environmental science and natural resource management. The Environomics FSP maintains a varied portfolio of projects that aim to gather more information, more quickly and accurately from the environment using cutting-edge genomic technologies. As a Research Scientist/ Engineer, you’ll be a part of the Environmental Systems Biology team, optimising Metagenomic Bioprospecting contributing to the development of metagenomic pipelines to not only characterise communities in complex populations but also to identify genes and pathways that may be used to develop novel processes and deliver low impact industrial outcomes.

Your duties will include:

  • Coordinating and liaising with the Australian Microbiome Initiative to develop new datasets and contributing to existing data analysis.  
  • Applying and developing novel bioinformatic pipelines to metagenomic datasets.
  • Working closely with the team to identify appropriate samples for developing novel datasets.
  • Consulting widely for candidate genes and proteins to look for in the metagenomic datasets.
  • Exploring the possibility of pre-sequencing approaches to enriching rare or difficult-to-identify DNA fragments.
  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.

Location:  Black Mountain, ACT (Brisbane, QLD or Hobart TAS will also be considered)
Salary:  AU$102,724 - AU$111,165 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
  Specified term of 3 years/ Full time
Reference:  87495

To be considered you will need:


  • Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as microbiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry or functional microbial biology.
  • Experience with microbial gene discovery/microbiomes and assembly methods for metagenomic samples.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • A sound history of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, scientific reports, grant applications or patents.


  • Experience with a variety of biological samples including soil would be useful as well as a background in areas such as biochemistry, analytical chemistry and synthetic biology, will also be taken into consideration.
  • Significant and demonstrable experience in dealing with data acquisition, analysis protocols and associated software. Experience with computer programming (e.g., R or Python) and multivariate statistics would be highly advantageous but is not essential as training is available.
  • A current driver’s licence. 
  • Remain productive, positive and resilient in complex, ambiguous and/or uncertain environments. 

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


Applications for this position are open to all candidates. Visa sponsorship will be provided if required.
Appointment to this role is subject to the 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. 

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. 


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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

Friday 30th September 2022, 11:00 pm AEST

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