First listed on: 07 June 2023

Quantitative Geneticist - Aquaculture


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The Opportunity

  • Bring your quantitative genetic data analysis expertise to a diverse role
  • Play a key role supporting a portfolio of commercial aquaculture breeding programs
  • Join the supportive team at CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!

Are you experienced in undertaking routine analysis of quantitative genomic data sets? We are currently seeking a motivated Quantitative Geneticist, with a focus on aquaculture, to join our dynamic ‘Agriculture & Food’ business unit in Hobart, and it could be the next exciting career step you’re looking for!

CSIRO’s aquaculture research provides vital R&D capabilities for the commercial aquaculture sector in Australia and globally, and strives to boost the value, competitiveness and sustainability of the industry through integrated studies of genetics, physiology, health, aquafeeds, environments and food science. Joining our talented ‘Aquaculture Applied Breeding Team’, the Quantitative Geneticist in this role will be responsible for supporting a portfolio of commercial breeding programs and related research projects. The research portfolio has a focus across multiple species of finfish, molluscs and crustaceans, with stakeholders located both in Australia and internationally.  

In this hands-on role, you will collaborate with a range of other multi-disciplinary teams across CSIRO to draw expertise to work at the interface of quantitative genetics, genomics, data systems development and applied breeding to support the expanding aquaculture sector. Supporting this portfolio of applied aquaculture selective breeding programs, your primary focus would be the effective management and analysis of quantitative data across multiple species. CSIRO, as Australia’s National Science Agency, places great importance on providing excellent professional development opportunities to grow your skills & expertise, as well as our research capabilities. Therefore with the growth in the aquaculture sector, you will also have the opportunity to develop and lead other innovative R&D programs and tackle emerging issues.

If you’re experienced in analysing large quantitative genomic data sets, have the knowledge of commercial breeding programs & experiments, and more importantly, are motivated by changing concepts based on new information, trying out different approaches and contributing to making a real difference with your work, this would be a fulfilling role for you! CSIRO champions in providing a diverse and inclusive culture, supports flexible work arrangements, and will offer you a great platform to enhance your career.

Your duties will include:

  • Analysing large quantitative genetic and genomic data sets, and assisting in the incorporation of the results into commercial breeding decisions.
  • Contributing to the design of breeding programs and experiments to support such research programs, involving quantitative genetic and genomic data.
  • Using research and/or industry experience to formulate, develop and implement applied breeding activities.
  • Working in a research project environment characterised by milestone driven delivery to commercial clients, and collaborating with project teams to ensure delivery of applied breeding research program outcomes in accordance with agreed timeframes and budget.
  • Publishing the results of research outcomes in peer reviewed scientific journals, as well as communicating research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports.
  • Acting as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of aquaculture client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$105K – AU$114K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 92842

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and relevant research experience, in statistical or quantitative genetics, or related field.
  • Experience in the application of quantitative genetics to commercial breeding programs and knowledge of breeding schemes and the application of selective breeding to a commercial breeding program.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret quantitative genetics data, including genomic data, to meet the needs of commercial breeding programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary and regionally dispersed teams.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or client reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to align to the commercial delivery focus of the applied breeding team.

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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term (visa sponsorship may be provided to the successful candidate if required).

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

11 July 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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