First listed on: 27 May 2023

Plant Tissue Culture Technician


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have experience in plant science and want to learn new skills?
  • Start your career in plant tissue culture and biotechnology
  • Join a highly motivated team in CSIRO Agriculture and Food!

CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food research from gene to plate increases productivity and efficiencies at the farm level, improving the quality and yield of Australian crops, developing innovative food processing technologies, creating new value-added foods and growing the nation’s livestock, aquaculture and fishery industries. We have a diverse range of people and partnerships that span Australia and 25 countries, fostering a shared vision to create measurable economic, environmental, and social impact.

We are looking for two highly motivated Plant Science Technicians to be involved primarily in tissue culture, but also in molecular work and glasshouse activities and to be part of the Legume Engineering Team working on cowpea improvement using gene technology.

If you have a background in biology or science with experience in plant science and looking for a career in plant tissue culture and biotechnology, please do not hesitate to apply. Training and guidance will be provided on the job.

Your duties will include:

  • Under technical direction, completing tissue culture tasks and working with discretion to decide on the timing of operations within the work team's plan and planning ahead to meet experiment and/or project demands.
  • Undertaking molecular biology experiments, laboratory analyses or technology development activities (some non-routine) using a range of techniques (including DNA extractions, PCR, protein extraction, westerns and ELISAs), often working on several parallel tasks.
  • Maintaining plant experiments in the glasshouse and growth cabinets.
  • Experimental record keeping and presenting results with clear written and oral communication.

Location: Black Mountain, Canberra ACT
Salary: AU$68k - AU$86k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years / Full-time
Reference: 92787, 92788

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Biology or Science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Plant Science, and Tissue Culture.
  • Good communication skills coupled with the ability to maintain accurate records.
  • The ability to work collaboratively within a team to achieve results.
  • A history of managing multiple priorities whilst meeting tight time frames and organisational goals.
  • The ability and willingness to learn new laboratory skills and techniques.

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


Applications for this position are open to all Australian/New Zealand Citizens; Australian Permanent Residents and/or Australian Temporary Residents residing in Australia with full work rights till the end of the contract with no visa sponsorship support from CSIRO Appointment to this role is subject to 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

11 June 2023, 11:00 pm AEST.

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