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Data Engineer

Date: 06-Sep-2021

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Use your skills and experiences as a Database Engineer to support something truly special. 
  • Build strong connections and networks across government and private sector.
  • Join CSIRO and make a difference!


As a Database Engineer, you will be actively supporting the CSIRO BioFoundry Facility. 

The CSIRO BioFoundry facility delivers high-throughput synthetic biology capability to the Australian R&D community. The facility combines laboratory automation and high-throughput equipment and software to design and assemble DNA parts in novel ways and to engineer microorganism strains. The facility includes equipment and processes to close the synthetic biology Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle.

Initially, the term of this role is due to be complete in June 2022, with the possibility of extension, subject to funding and strategic alignment.

Your duties will include:


  • Learning and understanding the biological processes in the workflows to identify and develop tools to address gaps in data capture
  • Responsible for system operations of the LIMS including the management of both the application and database tiers of the solution
  • In consultation with the team, provision of feedback to and coordination of system upgrades with the application developer/vendor
  • Provide required support to the team for use of data management tools including technical documentation, Admin/User SOP's and appropriate training
  • Assist in the data import, entry and validation process
  • Automate manual, recurring tasks in data processing workflows
  • Facilitate data exchange with external/internal sites
  • Setup, maintain and extend a dynamic web application to communicate with the BioFoundry’s collaborators


Location: Brisbane, QLD

Salary: AU$100k - AU$108k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 11 months (June 2022)

Reference: 75602

To be considered you will need:


  • Relevant bachelor’s degree and 3 years relevant work experience in Information Technology, Database Administration or related discipline
  • Linux management, Relational databases (e.g. Oracle, MySQL), Web or/and Application Servers (e.g. Apache, NGINX, Tomcat, JBOSS, Glassfish), Programming language (e.g. PHP, Python, Java, NodeJS).
  • Advanced experience in working with relational databases and the design of data models; improving system operations, delivery and management of large datasets, data integrity and quality
  • Demonstrated ability gathering, translation of business requirements into system requirements, and the implementation of application and database level changes.
  • A commitment to fostering an effective team environment, communicating and working with others across units and disciplines. 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

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

05 September 2021, 11:00pm AEST